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Birth Name: John Christopher Depp II
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Date of birth: June 9, 1963
Place of Birth: Owensboro, KY USA
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Amber Heard recounts horrific abuse at hands of ‘Monster’ Johnny Depp(4/11/19) “Violent” Johnny Depp became “the Monster” on drugs and booze, then beat, strangled and tormented his then-wife Amber Heard, she alleges in a new, harrowing court filing.
Heard, who was married to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star for just over a year until she filed for divorce in May 2016, claims in horrific detail that Depp repeatedly hit her, ripped out her hair, choked and nearly suffocated her in a Virginia court filing in response to his $50 million defamation lawsuit against her.
Depp’s lawsuit relates to a 2018 op-ed by Heard for the Washington Post where she describes being the victim of domestic abuse but does not mention him in the piece. His lawsuit claims she insinuates he was the abuser and that Heard’s allegations are a “hoax.”
Heard, 32, has now responded by detailing numerous alleged incidents with Depp, 55, in papers exclusively obtained by The Post.
Heard states that she began dating Depp in early 2012, “About a year into our relationship, I began to witness Johnny abusing drugs and alcohol … On some occasions, when Johnny simultaneously used both illegal narcotics and prescription medications I have had to get him medical attention. Whenever he was using, I worried for both of us. He would become a totally different person, often delusional and violent.
“We called that version of Johnny, ‘the Monster’.
“Johnny often would not remember his delusional and violent conduct after he came out of his drunk or medicated states. … Because I loved Johnny, I had believed his multiple promises that he could and would get better. I was wrong.”
On the morning they boarded a private jet to fly from Boston to LA in May 2014, Heard states Depp appeared to be already drunk and was clutching a bottle of Champagne.
“On the flight, Johnny ordered the flight attendants to give him an oxygen tank, and drank heavily. Johnny’s handlers told me that he was upset that I was filming a movie with a romantic scene with James Franco the day before. Soon, Johnny began to throw objects at me. Instead of reacting to his behavior, I simply moved seats. That didn’t stop him. He provocatively pushed a chair at me as I walked by, yelled at me, and taunted me by yelling out the name ‘James Franco.’
“At some point, I stood up, and Johnny kicked me in the back, causing me to fall over. Johnny threw his boot at me while I was on the ground. Johnny continued to scream obscenities until he went into the plane bathroom and passed out locked in the bathroom for the remainder of the flight.”
Depp allegedly apologized in a later text message, writing, “Once again, I find myself in a place of shame and regret. Of course, I am sorry. I really don’t know why or what happened. But I will never do it again.”
His message continued, “My illness somehow crept up and grabbed me … I must get better . . . Again, I am so sorry, so sorry. … I love you and I feel so bad for letting you down.”
Heard says Depp’s assistant Stephen Deuters also messaged her, saying Johnny “was appalled. When I told him he kicked you, he cried.” Deuters adds, “He’s a little lost boy. And needs all the help he can get.”
The couple married in February 2015. Yet just a month into their marriage, Heard goes on to allege that, in March 2015, Depp — who was supposed to be clean at the time but didn’t believe taking ecstasy broke his sobriety — went on a three-day bender on MDMA/ecstasy in Australia.
“Johnny told me that I had not explicitly forbidden him from taking ecstasy. The argument heated up, and Johnny pushed me, slapped me, and shoved me to the ground before I retreated to a locked bedroom.”
The next morning, “I went downstairs to find that Johnny was still awake, and that he had stayed up all night, having taken about eight MDMA pills. He was also drinking again. We got into a fight that Johnny made physical, and I barricaded myself in one of the rooms. That didn’t stop Johnny from busting through the door of the room I was in.
“By nightfall, Johnny had hit me multiple times, shoved and pushed me to the ground, choked me, and spit in my face.
“Johnny then handed me a liquor bottle that he was drinking from, and asked me, ‘What are you going to do?’ I threw the bottle on the floor. Johnny responded by starting to throw cans and unopened glass bottles at me. . .
“That night, Johnny shoved me into a ping pong table that collapsed underneath me. Johnny threw bottles through the window panels of a glass door, breaking two panes, and leaving glass everywhere. Johnny then grabbed me, gripping my body and nightgown. He tore the nightgown off, and at some point, I was naked and barefoot, covered in alcohol and glass.
“Johnny grabbed me by my hair and choked me against the refrigerator in the kitchen. I tried to stand myself up but I was sliding around the glass-strewn floor and countertop. Johnny threw me away from him, and I tried to run away as Johnny continued to throw objects and alcohol at me.
“In one of the most horrific and scariest moments of this three-day ordeal, Johnny grabbed me by the neck and collarbone and slammed me against the countertop. I struggled to stand up as he strangled me, but my arms and feet kept slipping and sliding on to the spilled alcohol and were dragged against the broken glass on the countertop and floor, which repeatedly slashed my feet and arms. Scared for my life, I told Johnny, ‘You are hurting me and cutting me.’ Johnny ignored me, continuing to hit me with the back of one closed hand, and slamming a hard plastic phone against a wall with his other until it was smashed into smithereens. While he was smashing the phone, Johnny severely injured his finger, cutting off the tip of it. . . . Once I was able to get away, I barricaded myself in an upstairs bedroom.
“On the third day of Johnny staying awake without sleeping, I came downstairs to find numerous messages Johnny had written to me around the house, on the walls and on my clothes, written in a combination of oil paint and the blood from his broken and severed finger. Johnny also urinated all over the house.” Heard states that the actor was finally hospitalized, and Heard states she was left with “a busted lip, a swollen nose, and cuts all over my body . . . to this day, I still have scars on my arms and feet from this incident.”
Heard describes how in March 2015 she punched an enraged Depp, fearing that he would push her younger sister Whitney down the stairs at his home in LA. She states, “He began to destroy personal property all over the house, including my belongings in my closet. . . . Johnny lunged to hit me, Whitney placed herself between us. Johnny turned his attention to Whitney, who was standing on the top of a flight of stairs, and moved on her. Acting in defense of my sister, as I was scared for her physical safety, I punched Johnny in the face to draw his attention away from her. That was the only time I ever hit Johnny.”
She also includes a transcript from her divorce deposition: “He was about to push my sister down the stairs . . . I acted defensively [for] her life.”
“The Monster” returned next during an August 2015 trip to Thailand and Malaysia, “While on the Eastern Oriental train, Johnny picked a fight with me, and started hitting and pushing me against a wall by grasping my throat and holding me there. I remember being afraid that Johnny might not know when to stop, and that he might kill me.”
Depp allegedly spiraled further out of control in December 2015 at their LA apartment. “Johnny picked another fight with me. He threw another decanter at me, knocked items around the room, and punched the wall. He slapped me hard, grabbed me by my hair, and dragged me from a stairwell to the office to the living room to the kitchen to the bedroom and then to the guest room. In the process, he pulled large chunks of hair and scalp out of my head.
“Hoping to avoid the violence, I tried to calm Johnny down, and then went upstairs to try to remove myself from the situation. Johnny followed me, hit me in the back of my head, grabbed me by my hair again, got in front of me on the steps, and then dragged me by my hair up the last few steps. At the top of stairs, Johnny shoved me twice, which made me fear I would fall. I told Johnny that he had broken my wrist in an attempt to get him to stop.
“Johnny kept hitting me, and each time he knocked me down, I chose to react by simply standing up and looking him in the eye. Johnny responded by yelling, ‘Oh, you think you’re a f – – king tough guy?’
“He reeled back and head-butted me in my face, bashing my nose, which immediately began bleeding, sending searing pain through my face. I instantly started tearing up, and I thought that I would have to go to the hospital. I told Johnny I wanted to leave him, and that I would call the police if he ever touched me again. When I began to walk away toward the guest apartment, he responded by pushing me, then grabbed me and pulled me from one room to the next, gripping me by my hair.
“By the time Johnny had dragged me into the upstairs office, I told Johnny that I was leaving him, since I could not put up with his behavior any longer. Johnny reacted by grabbing me by my throat, pushing me down to the ground, and punching me in the back of my head. He grabbed me by my hair, slapping me in the face, and screaming at me something like, ’I f- – king will kill you — I’ll f – – king kill you, you hear me?’ There were chunks of my hair everywhere and indentations in the carpet where I was dragged.
“The fight continued onto a bed. Johnny got on top of me with his knee on my back and the other foot on the bedframe, while repeatedly punching me in my head, and he screamed—as loudly as I’ve ever heard him scream— ‘I f – – king hate you’ over and over again. The bedframe splintered under the weight of the pressure of his boot. Johnny hit me with his closed fists, and I remember being unable to hear myself screaming because he had pushed my face into the mattress. I screamed as loudly as I could, hoping Johnny would realize he was severely hurting me.
“For a while, I could not scream or breathe. I worried that Johnny was in a blacked-out state and unaware of the damage he was doing, and that he could actually kill me.
“Broken glass and chunks of hair were strewn across the downstairs of the penthouse. . . . Johnny also had written a message on the countertop in our kitchen in gold sharpie that said, “Why be a fraud? All is such bullshit.”
Heard resolved to leave Depp for good and filed a request for a domestic violence restraining order after he allegedly attacked her again in May 2016, first grabbing her phone, “he wound up like a baseball pitcher and threw the phone in my face, as hard as he could. I yelled, ‘You hit my face,’ and started to cry. . . . Johnny grabbed my hair and started to slap, shake and yank me around the room while I continued to scream.”
Heard states that their neighbor heard her screams came into their apartment, threw herself in between them and begged Depp to stop, who was screaming at Heard, “Amber get the f – – k up.”
Heard states, “Johnny smashed various objects around the house with a wine bottle as he left. . . .Johnny smashed more items in the hallway, spilled wine everywhere, and kicked a hole in a solid door.”
He then allegedly demanded to be let into another apartment where Heard’s possessions were kept, “Johnny destroyed everything he could and chased [makeup artist] Liz Marz out of the penthouse carrying a wine bottle.”
Heard adds that after reporting Depp’s abuse, and following their divorce in January 2017, some people have claimed she faked her injuries. “Many people called me a liar (without ever hearing my story). I was dropped from a global fashion brand’s upcoming campaign. I lost a part for a movie in which I had already been cast. People I have never met or spoken to threatened me with violence. I received so many death threats I had to change my phone number on a near-weekly basis.
“People accused me of having abused Johnny. That simply is not true. I never attacked Johnny other than in self-defense (and in defense of my little sister). I have never physically abused anyone. I know what that does to people.”
She adds, “Instead, I have attempted to promote good in the world and to advocate an end to domestic violence. I have sought to use my public persona to speak out on an issue that was extremely meaningful to me and millions of other women and men every year. I have spoken out about violence in public, but I have always avoided specifically referencing Johnny, or recounting his violence against me, not only because I wanted to move past that phase of my life but also because I was constrained by the terms of a strict confidentiality agreement that Johnny had insisted upon as part of our divorce settlement.”
Heard’s attorney, Eric M. George could not immediately be reached for comment, but earlier said in a statement about Depp’s defamation lawsuit, “This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced. Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior.
“But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr. Depp and his legal team.”
Depp’s reps didn’t immediately comment. In Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit, his lawyers said “Mr. Depp never abused Ms. Heard. Her allegations against him were false when they were made in 2016. They were part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her career.”
Heard’s op-ed’s “implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser is categorically and demonstrably false,” his attorneys state, and the domestic abuse allegations cost him the role of Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
Johnny Depp’s $50M Suit Against Amber Heard Bleeds Into $30M Malpractice Case(3/9/19) Johnny Depp won’t be heading to court for a trial in his $30 million malpractice action against his ex-lawyers as soon as expected, but his recent $50 million defamation case against Amber Heard reared its head Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
“If you want a two-month continuance, that’s fine,” said Judge Terry Green in an omnibus hearing on the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s nearly year-and-a-half-old legal skirmish with Jacob Bloom and his firm.
A trial date has now been set for September 16, with a final status conference at the beginning of that month. The trial was originally set for May 6 in downtown L.A. in front of the loquacious Green. Noting his own packed schedule, the judge dismissively commented, “the motion to continue the trial never made it into our new e-filing system.” “You may want to take this to a discovery referee,” Green also told a courtroom filled with a phalanx of attorneys from Depp’s Brown Rudnick LLP team and Bryan Freedman of Freedman + Taitelman LLP and others representing Bloom and his firm. “It is really two bankers boxes full of stuff and that is difficult to say the least,” he added of the latest sets of filings in the convoluted matter that started back in October 2017 as a spinoff of Depp’s $25 million January 2017 suit against TMG, his former business managers.
“We welcome a discovery referee right away,” Freedman said, again noting the defense’s need to see the actual settlement in the confidentially settled TMG case last year and the material that informed it.
Today’s hearing comes a week after Depp hit his ex-wife Heard with a $50 million defamation suit that alleged the Aquaman actor’s claims of abuse during their short-lived marriage were a “hoax” intended to “advance her career.” An attorney for Heard called the Virginia filed suit a “frivolous action” that is the “latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard.”
In that wide-ranging filing of last week, Depp also noted that Bloom advised him to go ahead with the $7 million divorce settlement with Heard back in 2016.
“We learned that they are taking the position that that the advice from Jacob Bloom to settle the Amber Heard case was wrong advice,” noted Freedman to Judge Bloom, stressing the need for more depositions and documents. Refuting objections by Depp’s lawyers of the difficulty involved in getting such paperwork organized, Freedman also remarked that the attorneys for TMG are more than willing to turn the documents over in a second if given permission by the court
How ever Green ultimately rules, that is now clearly a matter that Depp essentially wants to re-litigate the divorce in not so many words. To that end, he is pivoting off an op-ed that Heard wrote on sexual violence and abuse for the Washington Post in December 2018. That op-ed never actually mentions Johnny Depp by name, but its inference, according to the actor’s lawyers, is the reason why he hasn’t been asked by Disney to join the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot
The document delay tactic that the defense is alleging and actually made up the bulk of the motions before the court today is similar what Depp employed in his now settled multi-million dollar dust-up with his ex-business managers.
“We don’t even have the settlement agreement,” Bloom’s lawyer told the court Thursday, citing an enforced ignorance of the TMG case with over three million pages of documents from that matter and more not being handed over.
As the two sides have argued over discovery in recent months in the malpractice suit, the actor did score a rare legal win in the case last August. Sending jolted lawyers scrambling to get their clients on speed dial all over town, Judge Green granted a motion last summer by Depp’s side to declare invalid the lucrative oral contingency agreement that actor had with Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP for almost 20 years.
Since then, the remainder of the initially October 2017 filed case has been primarily behind closed doors with a barrage of filings on the docket as other legal matter occupied the actor’s time and the trial date gets closer and closer.
However, after several penciled-in dates were scraped, Depp did sit for a deposition in the case late last year. Though talk of a settlement have been broached and the required insurance companies involved, it seems that the actor is once again seeking to keep the nearly year and half old matter in the courts without actually moving it forward – again, similar to the tactics used in the conflict with the former business managers.
“If they think the information is important, some one is going to have to sit down and read it,” asserted Green to the assembled attorneys towards the end of today’s hearing. Cutting proceedings short, he promised a detailed ruling in the forthcoming days.
Johnny Depp Goes After Amber Heard With $50M Defamation Suit; Actress Calls “Frivolous”(3/1/19) Johnny Depp has had a lot of legal run-ins the past few years, but this time it is distinctly personal.
Almost three years after news of the breakdown of The Pirates of the Caribbean star’s marriage to Amber Heard hit the public record, Depp is now suing his ex-wife and Aquaman star for $50 million for defamation.
“Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator,” says the suit in reaction to an op-end the actress penned for The Washington Post in mid-December last year.
“I had the rare vantage point of seeing, in real time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse,” Heard said in the “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change” entitled Post piece, which never actually mentioned Depp by name but clearly didn’t have to – at not for this lawsuit.
“Mr. Depp never abused Ms. Heard, the compensatory damages and punitive damages seeking complaint from the actor goes on to say. “Her allegations against him were false when they were made in 2016,” it adds in reference to the claims that Heard made in the couple’s short-lived union. A marriage that ended with a temporary restraining order against Depp and later a $7 million settlement, that Heard donated to charity.
Having long since denied the abuse allegations, the Hollywood Vampires guitarist clearly now thinks there was more going on.
“They were part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her career,” today’s lawsuit postulates of the allegations of Depp’s violent misconduct.
“This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard,” the actress’ attorney Eric M. George told Deadline. “She will not be silenced.”
“Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior, the Browne George Ross LLP partner added. “But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr. Depp and his legal team.”
Representatives for Depp did not respond to request for comment on the filing.
However, if their past legal entanglements are any indication, expect the ambassador on women’s rights at the American Civil Liberties Union to not enter her own POV into the docket soon.
This latest suit comes against the backdrop of Depp still battling it out on several other legal fronts. Despite a big win last summer, one of those battles include a $30 million malpractice action against the actor’s ex-attorneys at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP.
Johnny Depp fights to keep medical records private in bitter legal battle(2/18/19) Johnny Depp has demanded a judge stop his medical records from being given to his former lawyers as their bitter legal battle continues.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star filed a complaint back in October 2017 claiming Jacob A. Bloom and partners at his law firm, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP, committed “professional malpractice” while representing him.
He also alleged they “improperly and negligently collected over $30 million in voidable contingent fees.”
The law firm denied the allegations and counter-sued him, and now the legal battle is close to heading to trial as both parties have yet to reach an agreement.
According the court documents obtained by The Blast, Depp, 55, recently filed a motion to quash a subpoena that his former lawyers fired off seeking documents from his ex business managers at The Management Group (TMG).
The troubled actor says the subpoena is seeking production of more than 1.5 million documents from TMG, which contain “highly sensitive, confidential information,” including details of his finances and medical history.
Lawyers for Depp explained that if the documents are turned over, it would “severely damage” his privacy.
The case is ongoing.
Johnny Depp disappears from 'The Invisible Man' reboot: Report(1/29/19) Johnny Depp is reportedly no longer attached to appear in the planned reboot of The Invisible Man.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star initially boarded the Universal Studios project in 2016, signing on to revamp H.G. Wells’ classic tale of a chemist who embarks on a killing spree after using a dangerous drug that renders him invisible, but it appears Depp has since stepped down from the role of the crazed leading man, according to Variety.
The news emerges as studio officials reveal they have tapped Insidious: Chapter 3 director Leigh Whannell to take charge of the monster remake, reuniting him with Blumhouse Productions boss Jason Blum, who also produced the filmmaker’s 2015 supernatural hit and 2018 thriller Upgrade.
“Throughout cinematic history, Universal’s classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker who brought these characters to life,” said Peter Cramer, Universal’s president of production. “We are excited to take a more individualized approach for their return to screen, shepherded by creators who have stories they are passionate to tell with them.”
Wells’ novel has been adapted for the screen numerous times since it was published in 1897, with the most famous film version released in 1933, starring Claude Rains as The Invisible Man.
The reboot is intended to be part of the studio’s monster movies revamp series, which began with the 2017 release of The Mummy, featuring Tom Cruise as Nick Morton and Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll.
However, the big-budget blockbuster fell flat with critics and was considered a box office bomb after projected losses were reported to be up to $95 million, despite grossing $410 million worldwide.
Johnny Depp Files New Legal Docs Claiming Proof He Never Struck Amber Heard(1/22/19) (Update) 2:33 PM PT -- Depp's lawyer, Adam Waldman, tells TMZ, "The dozens of Eastern Columbia Building security camera video files we recently obtained, coupled with multiple newly obtained eyewitness affidavits and sworn depositions taken in 2016, leave no doubt that Amber Heard faked the abuse claims that underpin the Sun's defamation against Mr. Depp." Again, Heard maintains Depp struck her with a phone and his hands.
Johnny Depp has just filed legal docs citing new evidence that he never beat then-wife Amber Heard ... a claim she made during their acrimonious divorce.
Depp filed the docs in the U.K., where he's suing The Sun for defamation in connection with an article calling him "wife-beater." The article referenced an altercation between Depp and Heard on May 21, 2016 at their downtown L.A. home. Amber says he threw a phone at her face and then pummeled her and she took photos of her injuries.
Depp's new documents include witness statements, saying they saw Amber in the apartment building on May 21 and saw no red marks or bruising on her face. One witness says she didn't see the mark until 6 days later.
Amber also took photos of broken glass in the apartment, claiming Johnny hurled glass and shattered it in the unit. One of the witnesses states in his declaration, "There was no smashed glass that I noticed in the apartment at the time."
Amber has adamantly stuck by her version of events, and Johnny has implied she injured herself after the fact and took pictures.
He also cites in the documents 2 cops who responded on May 21 and gave 2 depositions stating they saw no injuries on Amber. The cops claim Amber said nothing had happened.
The docs say there's security camera footage on the 4 days immediately following the alleged attack, showing Amber's face. Presumably, Depp's lawyer is saying the footage does not show any injuries.
Again, the new filings were in connection with his defamation lawsuit against The Sun. Depp says "They must have made a positive decision to present a totally one-sided picture, leaving out my side of the story and pretending it either did not exist or was not worth considering."
Johnny Depp buys couple on anniversary trip champagne and poses for photos(1/5/19) Johnny Depp helped a couple to celebrate their third wedding anniversary with a champagne toast aboard a Eurostar train returning to the U.K. from Paris.
According to editors at The Sun, the Pirates of the Caribbean star drank champagne with electrician David King, 30, and his wife Roxanne, 27, who were on their way back from the City of Lights when the 55-year-old star joined them in the business class carriage.
Depp, who was embroiled in a messy divorce from his former wife of less than two years, Aquaman star Amber Heard, after their split in 2016, told the couple he was returning from a visit to a Paris children’s hospital, and later toasted the pair with champagne, and posed for pictures with them.
“We couldn’t believe it when he walked into the carriage with his security guard,” Roxanne told the newspaper. “We did a double take and David whispered to me ‘I think that’s Johnny Depp’ and I said ‘Yes, it is.’
“We sat there for 20 minutes in silence then my husband went ‘Alright Johnny’ and the conversation started.”
The Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald actor told the couple that he’d almost missed the train after leaving his passport behind, making it with just minutes to spare.
And after they shared with him it was their first wedding anniversary, he insisted on buying them a celebratory bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne, and joined Roxanne and David for a drink with his bodyguard,
“The two hours flew by and he talked about how he had been at a hospital in Paris and he asked about our daughter,” she continued. “Before he got off he signed our champagne bottle box and wished us a happy anniversary and a happy new year. He even gave me a hug and posed for pictures. It was a perfect end to the anniversary celebration.”
Depp’s appearance comes after Disney confirmed he would not return in his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean reboot as the film studio plan to give the franchise “a kick in the pants.”
Deadpool’s Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been brought in to head up the writing team.
Johnny Depp To Star As Photojournalist W. Eugene Smith In Thriller ‘Minamata’, HanWay To Launch Sales — AFM(10/23/18) Johnny Depp has been set to star as celebrated photographer W. Eugene Smith in movie Minamata, which HanWay Films will launch at the upcoming AFM.
Andrew Levitas (Lullaby) will direct Minamata based on the book of the same name by Aileen Mioko Smith and Smith and adapted by David K. Kessler (A Hard Day’s Day). Shoot is due to begin in Japan followed by Serbia in January 2019.
The film will follow the reclusive Smith after his celebrated exploits during the Second World War as he travels to Japan in the 1970s to fulfill a commission from Life editor Ralph Graves. Armed with only his trusted Nikon camera he goes there to document the Minamata disease scandal: an annihilation of a coastal community by the Chisso Corporation’s negligent mercury poisoning and local police and government cover-ups. The victims’ case against the corporation responsible for the environmental disaster represents one of the biggest payouts of all time, with present day sufferers of Minamata disease still in court seeking compensation.
Minamata is developed by Depp’s production entity Infinitum Nihil and is produced by Sam Sarkar (No Place Like Home), Bill Johnson (Killing them Softly) and producer-director Levitas (Georgetown). Jason Forman and Stephen Deuters will executive produce. CAA Media Finance will handle U.S. rights.
Heads of department include cinematographer Benoit Delhomme (The Theory Of Everything), production designer Tom Foden (Mirror Mirror) and Kevan Van Thompson (JoJo Rabbit) who line produces and will also be an executive producer.
Levitas said, “Working with Johnny to give voice to those who have been silently suffering is a responsibility we do not take lightly. Much like Eugene Smith in 1971, we could not feel more privileged or humbled to be tasked with the mission of bringing this incredible story to the world.” According to the production, the team has spent time in Minamata meeting some of the victims and their families and the film will be made with their support.
Depp and Levitas are both represented by CAA.
Johnny Depp Forms Production Partnership With Andrea Iervolino, First Pic Will Be ‘Waiting For The Barbarians’(10/22/18) Johnny Depp and producer Andrea Iervolino (To The Bone) have formed a partnership to develop and produce film and digital content together. Depp will develop and produce through his Infinitum Nihil production banner and Iervolino will produce through his new blockchain platform TaTaTu.
Their first joint project is the feature film adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s acclaimed novel Waiting For The Barbarians, starring Depp, Mark Rylance and Robert Pattinson. Production begins later this month in Morocco and will be directed by in-demand Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra (Embrace Of The Serpent). Alongside TaTaTu, the movie is being produced by Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group, as well as Michael Fitzgerald (Three Burials) and Olga Segura (Veronica).
The feature follows a British magistrate (Rylance) working in a small colonial town who begins to question his loyalty to the Empire. AMBI is handling sales and the project is not due to be one of the projects launching on the TaTaTu service.
Launched six months ago, TaTaTu has a slate of project including the Lamborghini biopic starring Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin; a documentary on Jeremy Renner; and the drama The Sound Of Freedom set to star Jim Caviezel and Mira Sorvino. On the acquisitions front, the platform recently acquired documentary Friedkin Uncut.
The AVOD platform, currently in beta stage, is due to incentivize subscribers by giving them digital tokens in exchange for watching content. The TTU Tokens, which trade on cryptocurrency exchange Liquid, will also be used to compensate content creators and pay for advertising on the platform.
According to its founders, this summer the platform closed a $575M token pre-sale, from which proceeds are being used to create content, pick up new users, market the platform and develop the software. Among the first supporters of TTU Tokens, are Prince Felix of Luxembourg, cryptocurrency investment firms BlockTower Capital and Lvna Capital, and AMBI’s Monika Bacardi.
Said Iervolino, “Johnny has the ability to conceptualize material in a way that few can, and is unburdened of conventional industry formulas that dictate the projects that get made, traditionally. As we make strides to embrace disruptiveness, Johnny will be a key collaborator with us and we are tremendously excited to back his visions and instincts on stories to bring to life.”
Added Depp, “In this era of democratized entertainment, I admire the imaginative ethos of Andrea and look forward to collaborating together in a liberating, progressive manner that will befit the principals of our respective entities.”
The actor will next be seen on the big screen in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which opens next month. He is repped by CAA.
Johnny Depp: J.K. Rowling knows I was ‘falsely accused’ of abuse(10/12/18) J.K. Rowling‘s decision to cast Johnny Depp in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise was met with controversy after his ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of abuse, but the “Harry Potter” author always has stood by her decision.
Now, Depp is breaking his silence on the role.
“I’ll be honest with you, I felt bad for J.K. [Rowling] having to field all these various feelings from people out there. I felt bad that she had to take that,” the 55-year-old actor told Entertainment Weekly. “But ultimately, there is real controversy. The fact remains I was falsely accused…”
Depp, who plays villain Gellert Grindelwald in the fantasy franchise, claimed Rowling publicly supported him because she “knows” he was “falsely accused.”
“J.K. has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused, and that’s why she has publicly supported me,” he said. “She doesn’t take things lightly. She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it.”
When production was announced on the film’s sequel, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” the film’s studio, Warner Bros., Rowling and director David Yates released statements regarding Depp’s inclusion.
“Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies,” Rowling wrote at the time.
Depp has vehemently denied Heard’s allegations, which included claims that Depp physically abused her while he was intoxicated.
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES To Headline ALICE COOPER's 'Christmas Pudding'(10/4/18) According to AZCentral.com, HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES — the supergroup featuring international film star and musician Johnny Depp alongside Alice Cooper and AEROSMITH's Joe Perry — will headline the 17th annual Christmas Pudding concert on Saturday, December 8 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
Proceeds benefit the free music, dance, arts and vocational programs for teens at Cooper's Rock Teen Center.
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES previously headlined Christmas Pudding in 2016.
More guests will be announced soon.
Tickets, which range from $120-$225, will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 8.
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES is reportedly working on its second studio album for a 2019 release. The effort will be drastically different from the band's 2015 debut, which was comprised mostly of covers.
During the 1970s in the upstairs bar of the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, the "Hollywood Vampires" were born. It was a gathering place where celebrated artists such as John Lennon, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, Alice Cooper, Harry Nilsson and countless others would meet and drink into the early morning hours, and the club became legendary.
Back in 2012, Cooper and Depp decided the time was right to revive the camaraderie and spirit that defined Hollywood Vampires" (minus the drinking), creating an environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. Cooper and Depp were joined by Perry, along with producer Bob Ezrin, and soon the recording began. The band's debut album, "Hollywood Vampires", was released in September 2015.
Johnny Depp Says He'll ''Never Stop Fighting'' Against Amber Heard's Abuse Claims(10/2/18) Johnny Depp is still grappling with the events that unfolded during his relationship to Amber Heard.
The alleged abuse, his loss of money and the drama that ensued in the year after his divorce seemingly continues to haunt the actor, as evident in a recent interview with GQ. He details his struggles with Heard and his former business managers in a candid, thoughtful manner, as he tries to detail his side of the story.
In reference to his alleged attack on Heard in May 2016, he says, "She was at a party the next day. Her eye wasn't closed. She had her hair over her eye, but you could see the eye wasn't shut. Twenty-five feet away from her, how the f--k am I going to hit her? Which, by the way, is the last thing I would've done. I might look stupid, but I ain't f--king stupid."
He claims that even police couldn't find a sign of abuse on her body, even though the leaked video of the alleged counter suggested otherwise to some. He says, "I mean, they spoke to the police, but the police saw nothing and they offered her an emergency medical technician. She said no. Police see nothing on her. Police see nothing broken in the place, no marks, and then they offer her an EMT to have a look at her and she says no and I don't know if it was the next day or a couple of days later, but then there was a bruise. There was a red mark and then there was a brown bruise."
Depp acknowledges he has been physical towards the paparazzi, but to say he would hurt someone he loves "couldn't even sound like me." He never publicly addressed the supposed incident until now, because he felt it wasn't worth getting "into a pissing contest with someone about." However, he regrets the way it effected his children.
Depp wonders aloud, "How could someone, anyone, come out with something like that against someone, when there's no truth to it whatsoever? I'm sure it wasn't easy for my 14-year-old boy to go to school, you know what I mean? With people going, ‘Hey, look at this magazine, man. What, your dad beats up chicks or something?' Why did he have to go through that? Why did my daughter have to go through that?"
He then wonders what drove Heard to make these allegations, but also expresses worry about the way the public might perceive him. "We probably shouldn't be talking about this, but I am worried. I worry about the people that bought it and I worry about her. It's just not right," he explains.
Depp continues, "I will never stop fighting. I'll never stop. They'd have to f--king shoot me. An episode like this takes time to get over. It's a mourning for someone you thought was..." He trails off in the interview, saying she was "something" to him, since he did "marry her somehow."
The interview concludes with Depp proclaiming, "I want the truth. That's really my biggest obsession in the world. It's just the f--king truth."
See the full feature in the November issue of British GQ, available on digital download on Wednesday 3rd October and on newsstands Thursday 4th October.
Saban Films, DirecTV Land Johnny Depp-Starrer ‘Richard Says Goodbye’ For $3 Million: Toronto(9/11/18) Saban Films and DirecTV have closed a deal worth around $3 million for the North American rights to Richard Says Goodbye, the Wayne Roberts-directed drama that stars Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch and Rosemarie DeWitt. The drama follows a college professor who lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.
The film is eyeing a theatrical release in 2019. CAA Media Finance brokered it. Richard Says Goodbye was screened outside the festival for buyers at the Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas last Thursday and got several suitors.
This is Saban Films’ third acquisition during TIFF – they acquired Romans starring Orlando Bloom and partnered with DirecTV on the North American rights to Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s A Vigilante, starring Olivia Wilde.
Johnny Depp Wins In Oral Contract Battle With Ex-Lawyer; Hollywood Jolted(8/28/18) Lawyers for Johnny Depp and his former attorneys may be talking about a settlement in their $30 million malpractice suit but today in court the two sides locked horns and Hollywood got a potential legal mauling.
“I appreciate that there are good people in show business,” said Judge Terry Green this morning as he granted a motion by the long litigating Pirates of the Caribbean star to declare the oral deal Depp had with Jacob Bloom and his firm for almost 20 years totally invalid.
Perhaps more importantly, Judge Green looks to have thrown a spanner of sorts into the Tinseltown works where many a client and legal rep have such contingency agreements that have never been put in writing. “A lot of people are going to be on the phone today setting a sit down and a signing,” one prominent Hollywood attorney told Deadline of the implications of what happened in Judge Green’s courtroom this morning.
“I don’t think there is special rules for show business,” the LA Superior Court judge added Tuesday before lawyers for both sides debating if the agreement was a contingency fee deal or not. “I don’t see an exception here,” the sometimes crusty and sometimes reminiscing Green noted, calling the arrangement between Depp and Bloom clearly “a contingency fee agreement.
”At some point we have to comply with the law,” the LASC judge declared, telling the lawyers that if they wanted things to be different they needed to talk to the legislators in Sacramento about changing the state law requiring such contracts be written down, not him.
Needless to say, while still permitting elements of their December 2017 filed cross-complaint to move forward, to say that was not what Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP or their Reed Smith representatives wanted to hear.
Having had their say in court to varying degrees, both lead Reed Smith lawyer Ray Cardozo and his team and Depp’s attorneys of Fredrick Levin and his Buckley Sandler colleagues exited the DTLA courtroom quickly and without comment on Tuesday. Just before moving on to other cases, Judge Green said he would issue a formal written ruling on the mater at some point, probably later this week. Depp’s Washington D.C.-based lawyer Adam Waldman curtly told Deadline that he thought “the Judge’s ruling speaks for itself.”
However, with a trial still pencilled in for next spring in this case and Depp still facing a lawsuit from a lawsuit from some former bodyguards over owed pay and he is also looking at assault allegations by the location manager of the now stymied City of Lies, today’s ruling by Judge Green is a win for the actor.
First filed last fall, Depp’s $30 million malpractice barrage against his longtime lawyers said that there had never been a “statutorily prescribed written contract” between the parties. Spreading the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald actor also claimed the much industry used firm had been working with The Management Group against his best interests and expressed economic desires.
“Cross-Defendants completely fail to discuss ratification in their motion. Indeed, the word ‘ratification’ is nowhere to be found in their memorandum,” said Reed Smith for the Bloom participants in an August 2 opposition response to Depp’s efforts to halt their breach of contract countersuit. “Cross-Defendants have therefore waived this issue and Bloom Hergott’s pleading should be accepted as true and the contract claim allowed to proceed,” the filing added. “Furthermore, if an amended pleading is required, Bloom Hergott can provide additional allegations about Cross-Defendants’ ratification of the agreement.”
Depp and TMG came to a confidential settlement on their $25 million dustup last month.
As for the rest of this case, it is very likely, that Bloom’s Reed Smith lawyers will fight the motion and perhaps take it to a higher court, I hear. Otherwise, the parties continue to talk settlement on the side, as Deadline reported last week, and are headed for mediation with a retired judge.
“I know who the plaintiff is,” the show biz family spawned Judge Green told the court of Depp today. “I can’t tell you a whole lot about him, except he’s had ups and downs in life,” he added almost ironically of the actor who has seen his personal life and apparent financial excess unveiled for all to see of late. “Who would have known, 18-years ago, how high the highs are and how low the lows.”
So, the ground has shaken but the pillars of the arena in which this legal battle is being waged are still standing – for now.
Johnny Depp In Settlement Talks To End $30M Malpractice Suit With Ex-Lawyers(8/24/18) Having reached a deal last month in his $25 million legal sword fight with his former business managers, Johnny Depp is also looking to bring a related $30 million ruckus with his ex-lawyers to an end.
With a jury trial penciled in to start May 6 next year, the seemingly near-cash-strapped The Pirates of the Caribbean star’s reps and attorneys for Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP are now engaged in serious settlement talks, I’ve learned.
At this stage, nothing is signed or sealed, and it is not even certain whether the battle-scarred parties will have an agreement before their scheduled August 28 motion hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. However, with the timeline still somewhat fluid and that downtown L.A. gathering looming, I hear that there is an impetus among the principals to bring to a halt the big-bucks malpractice complaint, filed initially in October 2017 and resulting in a December 2017 countersuit from Martin Scorsese attorney Jacob Bloom and his partners.
The resolution would be welcoming news to Warner Bros, home of the November 16-releasing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, among others.
Similar to the recent end of Depp’s January 2017-commencing showdown with The Management Group, the actor settling things with his formerly trusted lawyer of two decades immediately eases worries that the Burbank-based studio may have of bitter litigation distracting from Grindelwald. Having rolled out a focused Depp as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald at Comic-Con last month, Warners haas made no secret of how high its expectations and P&A are for the pic.
Witnessing the ultimately contained backlash to Depp’s casting in tje Fantastic Beasts franchise to begin with as claims of domestic abuse in his now-ended marriage to Amber Heard splayed across the trades and tabloids, Warner Bros had to recognize it might have a problem on its hands with future lawsuits the actor might become involved in. Even a slither of the revelations of Depp’s financial excess and other dirty laundry that the bust-up with TMG put in the public docket, not to mention that June Rolling Stone profile the actor disastrously agreed to, would certainly overshadow the Eddie Redmayne-led follow-up to 2016’s successful Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Neither Bloom’s Reed Smith lawyers nor Depp’s team led by The Endeavor Law Firm’s Adam Waldman responded to request for comment on the case or the status of settlement talks.
Publicly, the parties are in the weeds fighting over whether Bloom’s firm was entitled to the lucrative slice of Depp’s fees for films and more that they have been collecting under a contingency agreement. The Oscar-nominated actor says no because all they’ve had since 1999 is a handshake deal. The lawyers for the lawyers say yes because, among other objections, Depp never suggested he felt otherwise over the years, even from January 2017 to October 2017 when he had sued TMG but before he went after Bloom.
First filed last fall, Depp’s $30 million malpractice barrage against his longtime lawyers said that there had never been a “statutorily prescribed written contract” between the parties. Spreading his tangled net wide, the actor also claimed the venerated law firm had been working with The Management Group against his best interests and expressed economic desires.
“Cross-Defendants completely fail to discuss ratification in their motion. Indeed, the word ‘ratification’ is nowhere to be found in their memorandum,” said Reed Smith for the Bloom participants in an August 2 opposition response to Depp’s efforts to crash their breach of contract countersuit. “Cross-Defendants have therefore waived this issue and Bloom Hergott’s pleading should be accepted as true and the contract claim allowed to proceed,” the filing added. “Furthermore, if an amended pleading is required, Bloom Hergott can provide additional allegations about Cross-Defendants’ ratification of the agreement.”
At this point, even as this case looks to be heading towards a settlement, Depp isn’t out of the legal woods at all. Battered with a lawsuit from former bodyguards over owed pay, Depp is also looking at assault allegations by the location manager of the now stymied City of Lies. In the latter case, Depp said in an August 15 filing that plaintiff Gregg “Rocky” Brooks “provoked” the situation, and the actor responded in “self-defense/defense of others.”
“The acts complained of by Plaintiff were provoked by Plaintiff’s unlawful and wrongful conduct in that Plaintiff willfully and maliciously acted out and conducted his activities in such a manner as to cause, Defendant Depp to fear for his safety, and according to Defendant Depp’s observations, Defendant Brad Furman for his safety,” the filing in Los Angeles Superior court said of the film;s star and director.
So, even if one more is down, there are more lawsuits to go for Depp – for now.
Johnny Depp 'feared for his safety' during movie set assault(8/20/18) Johnny Depp has asked a judge to dismiss an assault lawsuit against him, insisting he acted in self defence.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star was sued last month by location manager Gregg Brooks, who accused the actor of assault and battery on the set of City of Lies in April, 2017.
Brooks claimed Depp lashed out at him after revealing a night shoot was running late. Director Brad Furman and producers Miriam Segal, Good Film Productions and Depp’s Infinitum Nihil have also been named as defendants. Brooks is seeking damages for a hostile work environment and wrongful termination.
However, according to The Blast, the 55-year-old is now claiming he “feared for his safety” during the alleged incident. He also claims Furman’s safety was in question and he acted in his own defence and the “defence of others.”
Depp wants the lawsuit dismissed.
Johnny Depp’s ‘City Of Lies’ Movie Pulled From Release Schedule(8/6/18) City of Lies, the Brad Furman-directed crime thriller starring Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker and based on the true story behind the investigation into the murder of rap star Notorious B.I.G., has been pulled off its September 7 release date.
Global Road, which acquired the movie’s original distributor Open Road last summer, has not set a new date for the pic, we’re told. It was set to hit screens on what would have been the 46th birthday of the iconic rapper, aka Biggie Smalls, who was gunned down in 1997 in a drive-by in Los Angeles.
The news comes less than month after the film’s location manager sued Depp, accusing the actor of assault and battery on the set in April 2017. Gregg “Rocky” Brooks said he was repeatedly hit by Depp after being informed that filming that night in downtown L.A. was going to have to wrap late. The 10-claim suit, which also names Furman and producers Miriam Segal, Good Film Productions and Depp’s Infinitum Nihil, seeks damages for hostile work environment, retaliation, and wrongful termination among the claims.
The July 9-filed lawsuit has become more focused in recent days. Last week, Segal and her Good Film were dropped by Brooks as defendants. We hear the move was not the result of a settlement, but rather discussions between the lawyers for the parties.
In City of Lies, Depp plays LAPD detective Russell Poole, and Whitaker is the journalist looking into the unsolved murder, which came six months after the death of Smalls’ rap rival Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas.
Global Road dropped a trailer for the pic, formerly titled LAbyrinth, in May.
Johnny Depp might play Matthew Mellon in potential biopic(7/23/18) Late banking heir Matthew Mellon’s story could be coming to the big screen, sources exclusively tell Page Six. But apparently the family of the hard-partying cryptocurrency billionaire is divided over the project.
“There is a screenplay being shopped,” a friend said of the planned biopic on Mellon — who infamously battled addiction after graduating from Wharton and coming into trusts worth $25 million at age 21 as a scion of the Mellon and Drexel dynasties.
Mellon married Jimmy Choo mogul Tamara Mellon in 2000 after the pair met at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. After they split, he married and divorced fashion designer Nicole Hanley.
By 2016, Mellon was in treatment for a $100,000-per-month OxyContin habit. But he managed a comeback by reinventing himself as a flashy bitcoin billionaire, complete with a $150,000-a-month Hollywood Hills home and an “armored car that resembled a tank,” according to Forbes, which named him to its Richest People in Cryptocurrency list.
In April, Page Six exclusively reported Mellon died suddenly in Cancun on his way to rehab.
Said one source of the film project: “This may be fulfilling a dream of Matthew’s. He would have loved this idea .?.?. He used to say, ‘How cool would it be to have a movie about my crazy life?’?”
The source said that while Mellon — whose social circle included Paris and Nicky Hilton and Lindsay Lohan — was alive, he was pitched to star in a cable reality series and was interested, but that some in his family weren’t keen on the exposure. We hear he also wanted to create content with hip brand VFiles.
While some close to Mellon are backing the new movie concept, a source said that others “are horrified by the idea .?.?. The last thing they want is the Mellon legacy portrayed on-screen.”
A source said that there’s even been buzz the film’s gotten interest from Johnny Depp — though that may be just wishful thinking: A source close to the movie star said he’d never heard of it. Reps did not get back to us.
‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Trailer Returns To Hogwarts; Johnny Depp Casts A Spell On Audience – Comic-Con(7/22/18) (Video) The Warner Bros panel kicked off a day of programming in Hall H during San Diego Comic-Con with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — featuring a new trailer and a surprise guest.
With a 360-degree video presentation and Eddie Redmayne casting a “lumos” spell on the wildly excited audience, he was joined on the stage by the Grindelwald crew including Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Jude Law, Claudia Kim, and Callum Turner. The cast talked to moderator Aisha Tyler about making the highly anticipated sequel before showcasing a new trailer that revisits Hogwarts and reintroduces us to Nicolas Flamel — which fans went crazy for.
The panel was then interrupted when Johnny Depp, in character as Grindelwald gave a Shakespearian monologue about his crimes and said: “We who live for freedom or truth the moment has come to rise up and take our rightful place in the world.”
It was quite haunting….and interesting as there was a loud shush over the audience.
During the panel, the cast was asked if they could use magic for good what would they do.
Kravitz immediately chimed in and said, “Impeach Trump.” While Miller said, “Topple the patriarchy!”
These wizards are definitely looking to use their magic to fight a different kind of evil.
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Dumbledore enlists his former student Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
David Yates is helming again, from a screenplay by JK Rowling, and produced by David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
The film is set to open in theaters November 16.
Johnny Depp & Ex-Biz Managers Settle $25M Fraud Suit A Month Before Trial(7/16/18) Johnny Depp and his former business managers will not be kicking off a potential messy and revealing trial over the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald star’s long held fraud claims of $25 million next month after all.
After a long weekend in which attorneys for both Depp and The Management Group went hard, the parries reached a confidential settlement, I hear. While no one is talking, both sides in what has been a sometimes bitter and revelatory legal knife fight are happy with the deal, Deadline has learned.
Prodded by an LA judge and overseen by a retired one, the managed mediation between Depp’s lawyer and TMG’s Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP reps comes after the actor’s primary attorney Ben Chew of Washington D.C’s Brown Rudick failed late last month to get the August 15 starting trial pushed back. Rare for a plaintiff to seek a delay in a trial that they requested, the unusual hearing came on the heels of a long Rolling Stone profile of the Depp that pretty much everyone agrees was not a winner for the actor. Another factor in the agreement hammered out over talks on Saturday and Sunday was Depp finally sitting down for a frequently postponed deposition in the matter back in May in L.A.
Now, with the deal sealed, all that’s old news and all that is left is the formalities.
Which means, if things go as they usually do in these things, that in the next couple of weeks, dismissal filings are likely to pop up in L.A. Superior Court dropping Depp’s initial action of January 2017 and the commission seeking counter cross-complaint that soon followed. The November 2017 action for judicial foreclosure against several of the actor’s City of Angels properties by TMG over a $5 million loan that they said that made to him will also be closed.
Following the submission of that paperwork, the settlement agreement is expected to be approved before the August 15 trial start date, which is basically a moot note on the calendar at this point. A fact that will make Warner Bros very happy as sources say that the studio was not looking forward to a public hearing of The Crimes of Grindelwald’s marketing campaign and opening this fall of the latest installment in this JK Rowling’s franchise being flooded by headlines of Depp’s allegedly excessive spending habits and dwindling financial resources.
While the bloodletting between the actor and TMG is now over, the settlement in that matter does not however end the other litigation tidal waves that the Pirates of the Caribbean star is wading through. Depp still has to contend with a lawsuit from his ex-bodyguards who claim drug abuse and owed pay as well as a countersuit from his former longtime attorneyJacob Bloom and his. Claiming co-hoots with TMG, the actor went after Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP for $30 million last fall. They went right back after him a couple of months later as the actor seemed for a while to be shedding lawyers at an alarming rate
In addition, Depp’s legal dance card was hit last week with an assault and battery lawsuit from the location manager of the upcoming City of Lies.
So, let’s call it, one down, a lot more to go when it comes to Johnny Depp and the courts right now.
In terms of the now dimmed fraud lawsuit that started all this back in early 2017, contacted by Deadline, representatives for TMG had no comment on the outcome of the Saturday and Sunday sit-down. Representatives for Depp did not respond to request for comment on the matter.
'Who the f--- are you?' Johnny Depp sued over alleged movie set attack(7/10/18) Johnny Depp is reportedly facing a lawsuit for allegedly assaulting a crewmember on the set of his upcoming film City Of Lies.
Location manager Gregg ‘Rocky’ Brooks claims the Pirates of the Caribbean star became violent after he informed the actor that he only had one more chance to shoot a scene in Los Angeles in April, 2017.
According to TMZ, Depp screamed at him, saying, “Who the f— are you? You have no right to tell me what to do.”
He then reportedly punched Brooks in the ribs twice, before yelling, “I will give you $100,000 to punch me in the face right now.”
Bodyguards for the 55-year-old, who Brooks claims appeared to be drunk during his tirade, subsequently removed him from the set of the biographical crime thriller, which is based on the murder investigations of rap icons Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G.
The crewmember is now suing for unspecified damages.
It has been a tough few years for Depp who, in 2017, sued ex-managers Joel and Robert Mandel at The Management Group (TMG) for $25 million, alleging fraud and negligence, claiming they mishandled his finances and caused him to rack up more than $40 million in debt. They responded with their own countersuit, claiming he was to blame because his spending was out of control.
Depp opened up about his dire financial situation in a candid interview with Rolling Stone magazine last month, revealing he fell into a deep depression in 2016 as his money issues worsened, all while fighting allegations of domestic abuse during his bitter divorce from his The Rum Diary co-star Amber Heard.
“I was as low as I believe I could have gotten,” he said. “The next step was, ‘You’re going to arrive somewhere with your eyes open and you’re going to leave there with your eyes closed.’ I couldn’t take the pain every day.”
Johnny Depp's son Jack has 'serious health problems'(6/27/18) Johnny Depp’s 16-year-old son is seriously ill.
John Christopher Depp III, who goes by Jack, is one of the younger of two children the Pirates of the Caribbean star has with his ex Vanessa Paradis.
Paradis reportedly missed her latest film’s opening to be with him, as PEOPLE has reported.
The French actress didn’t attend the Paris premiere of her movie A Knife in the Heart on Tuesday and director Yann Gonzalez shocked the crowd when he announced Jack’s illness.
“Unfortunately, Vanessa Paradis was not able to join us tonight, she had to be absent because of her son’s serious health problems,” the film’s director said at the screening, according to the French publication called Public.
Although Depp, 55, and Paradis, 45, never wed, they were together from 1998 to 2012. The star who played Captain Jack Sparrow went on to marry actress Amber Heard but they had a bitter divorce.
Depp has recently caused shock with his gaunt and frail appearance while in Europe touring with his band The Hollywood Vampires.
Depp looked deathly pale outside a Berlin hotel earlier this month.
He has said about having kids with Paradis, “Fatherhood was not a conscious decision. It was part of the wonderful ride I was on. It was destiny. All the math finally worked.”
It isn’t the first time one of Depp’s children has had a health crisis. In 2007, his older child Lily-Rose was hospitalized at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London due to a serious Escherichia coli infection, which resulted in temporary kidney failure.
Depp has described his girl’s illness as a “dark period,” but she fully recovered.
Johnny Depp Loses Bid To Delay $25M Fraud Trial On Heels Of Train Wreck Rolling Stone Profile(6/23/18) Warner Bros escaped a potential Fantastic Beasts sequel PR nightmare today as Johnny Depp was soundly denied an attempt to push back the trial over his $25 million fraud suit against his former business managers.
The rejection this morning by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge for the Pirates of the Caribbean star comes just after a lengthy profile in Rolling Stone that was far more train wreck that testimonial for the lately much sued Depp. What is perhaps equally unusual is that this is Depp’s lawsuit. In a role much more commonly assumed by defendants, the plaintiff actor was trying to delay the suit that he instigated. It was a pose that Depp repeatedly also tried with the deposition he finally gave to lawyers at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP in late May.
Having flown in from Washington D.C., Depp’s primary lawyer Benjamin Chew sought to have the August 15 scheduled jury proceedings shoved another 60 days, which would have been until the middle of October. If the ex parte application had been successful, it could have had the unanticipated consequence of throwing rotten egg on the now AT&T owned WB, the studio as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald set to come out in November.
Already forced to weather more than a little controversary over plaintiff Depp’s significant participation in the JK Rowling penned franchise and now under new bosses, the last thing WB would have wanted was the possible waft of Depp’s dirty laundry, financial and otherwise, to come out during their peak press period for the tentpole.
Fortunately for the studio, who had nothing to do with today’s actions, the Honorable Teresa Beaudet wanted to stick to the schedule and get things dealt with sooner rather than later. “The ex parte application is denied at this time,” the LASC Judge wrote in longhand on the proposed order Friday. “The parties are to work with the discovery referee to create a schedule to complete the discovery prior to the FSC (final status conference),” she added.
“The parties have agreed to and scheduled a mediation on July 14, 2018 before the Honorable Peter Lichtman (Ret.) of JAMS,” noted Chew in the unsuccessful application with the court today. “That date was the first available date that the parties and Judge Lichtman could conduct a mediation,” the now with DC’s Brown Rudick, after previous repping Depp at heavyweights Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, Chew said additionally.”In light of the close proximity of that mediation date to the August 15th trial date and the related pre-trial filing dates which back up from the August 3, 2018 Final Status Conference, without a trial continuance the parties will effectively had been required to complete virtually all of their discovery and trial preparation prior to attending the mediation. A brief trial continuance would enable the parties to some extent to conserve the resources which would otherwise be devoted to completing discovery and trial preparation to be used for settlement purposes at the mediation.”
Not so much, retorted the other side.
“Although the parties have scheduled a private mediation for July 14, 2018—the first available date because of Depp’s current rock n’ roll tour—continuing the trial date prior to the mediation would be counter-productive,” countered Team TMG. “There is no reason to assume that the action will settle at the mediation, and continuing the trial date will only decrease the odds of settlement,” the defense lawyers declared.”The discovery grounds upon which the Depp Parties seek a trial continuance are the result of their own gamesmanship, delay and lack of diligence.”
Now battling ex-bodyguards who claim drug abuse and owed pay and a countersuit from his former longtime attorney too, Depp first sued The Management Group back in January 2017.
At the time and since, the actor alleged that despite making hundreds of millions of dollars he was feeling the financial pinch because of having been swindled in the Hollywood accounting shell game by those trusted and the much respected TMG.
The Management Group swung back with a countersuit of their own on the last day of the first month of 2017 over unpaid commissions and tales of excess and irresponsibility, to put it very mildly, that proclaimed that the up tp $20 million a picture plus a share of profits actor’s spending habits were the real cause of his apparently emptying bank accounts. Among the various residences, dozens of vehicles, tens of thousands a month on wine, guitar collection, artwork, hangers-on, sibling provisions, security, acting assistants and other indulgences, TMG’s reaction revealed that the Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas star paid out $3 million to have Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes shoot out of a cannon in 2005 and forks out more $2-million in monthly expenses.
Doing himself few favors as custodian of his own funds, Depp bragged to Rolling Stone that the cost for the tribute to Thompson was actually closer to $5 million and that he blew a lot more than $30,000 a month on wine.
Late last year, before Depp started shedding lawyers faster than Jack Sparrow does goodwill, TMG add another lawsuit to the pyre. “Depp listened to no one, including TMG and his other advisors, and he demanded they fund a lifestyle that was extravagant and extreme,” the business managers stated in foreclosure filings against the actor for a $5 million loan TMG said they made to him to bail him out a few years back.
As the summer trial seems certain to occur, Depp himself was not in court today. Playing a set tonight at the Hellfest in Clisson, France, the guitar strumming actor is on a summer tour with Alice Cooper, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and other members of the Hollywood Vampires band – livin’ the dream, for now.
Johnny Depp admits reaching new ‘low’ during booze bender(6/22/18) Johnny Depp entered into a depression over his divorce to Amber Heard and crumbling financial situation.
In January 2017, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor sued ex-managers Joel and Robert Mandel at The Management Group (TMG) for $25 million in damages, alleging fraud and negligence, claiming they mishandled his finances and caused him to rack up more than $40 million in debt. They responded with their own countersuit, claiming he was to blame because his spending was out of control.
Johnny became aware of his dire financial situation a few years before taking legal action, and during this time, he got divorced from his The Rum Diary co-star Amber in 2016 amid allegations of domestic abuse.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the 55-year-old opened up about his emotional state during that period.
“I was as low as I believe I could have gotten,” he said. “The next step was, ‘You’re going to arrive somewhere with your eyes open and you’re going to leave there with your eyes closed.’ I couldn’t take the pain every day.”
He went on tour with the Hollywood Vampires, his band with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, and decided to write a memoir on an old typewriter.
Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper from The Hollywood Vampires perform at the 2016 Starkey Hearing Foundation “So the World May Hear” awards gala at the St Paul RiverCentre on July 17, 2016 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation)
“I poured myself a vodka in the morning and started writing until the tears filled my eyes and I couldn’t see the page anymore,” he said emotionally, wiping his eyes. “I kept trying to figure out what I’d done to deserve this. I’d tried being kind to everyone, helping everyone, being truthful to everyone… The truth is most important to me. And all this still happened.”
The Edward Scissorhands star also tearfully admitted it was unfair that his son Jack, 16, had to hear about his money problems at school.
Besides the divorce and financial troubles, the death of rocker Tom Petty in October 2017 also hit Johnny hard. They had been friends for a long time and they would call each other up to check if the other was still smoking. The actor added, “I loved him,” as he wiped his eyes. Petty died of an accidental overdose at the age of 66.
Johnny Depp’s gaunt, pale appearance worries fans(6/2/18) Johnny Depp has sparked concern after appearing dramatically different while touring Russia with his rock band.
Fans commented on Johnny’s pale and gaunt appearance with some concerned that the actor has fallen ill.
Johnny showed off his extensive tattoo work as he donned a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan, “Stay humble or be humbled.”
Posing with supporters, he completed the look with several necklaces and distressed denim jeans.
Several fans commented on pictures shared by an Instagram account dedicated to the actor.
One concerned fanatic put: “He looks pale here. Hope he’s okay.”
Another speculated: “He looks like this for a new movie. He is fine and not sick.”
One fan tweeted: “Jonny Depp looks so bad, omg, is he ill or something?”
Johnny is currently on a mammoth world tour with his rock supergroup, Hollywood Vampires.
The above pictures were taking at the Four Seasons hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia.
“The Pirates of the Caribbean” actor plays guitar alongside rock veterans Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.
Johnny will make a controversial return to the big screen later this year as he reprises the role of Grindelwald in Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
J.K. Rowling has had to defend her decision to cast Johnny following a turbulent few years for the star.
The actor was accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife Amber Heard following their split in 2016.
The statement concluded: “Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.
‘City Of Lies’ Trailer: Johnny Depp & Forest Whitaker Take The Biggie Smalls Case(5/22/18) (Video) “A murder like that only goes unsolved if the police don’t want to solve it.” That’s the take of Johnny Depp’s LAPD detective Russell Poole in City of Lies, Global Road’s Brad Furman-directed crime thriller based on the true story behind the investigation into the murder of rap star the Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, in 1997, gunned down in a drive-by at the intersection of Fairfax and Wilshire in L.A.
The first trailer for the pic, which has a September 7 release date, comes on what would have been Smalls’ 46th birthday.
The film, which had been known as LAbyrinth, co-stars Forest Whitaker as the journalist looking into the unsolved murder, which came six months after the death of Smalls’ rap rival Tupac Shakur in Las Veags. Whitaker’s “Jack” Jackson teams with Poole and unravels a growing web of institutional corruption and lies that could pull the city apart.
Christian Contreras penned the script based on Randall Sullivan’s 2002 book, which recounted Poole’s investigation and his discovery of the relationships between members of the LAPD and Suge Knight’s Death Row Records. Many have discounted the allegations of Poole, who investigated both Smalls’ and Tupac’s deaths. He died in 2015.
Miriam Segal is producer of City of Lies.
Check out the trailer above.
ALICE COOPER On HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES Bandmate JOHNNY DEPP: 'People Are Going To Be Very Surprised When They Hear Him Play'(5/16/18) HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, the supergroup featuring international film star and musician Johnny Depp alongside Alice Cooper and AEROSMITH's Joe Perry, will embark on a U.K. tour in June. Support at all four shows will come from THE DARKNESS and THE DAMNED.
Cooper told the Evening Standard that fans will be shocked when they hear Depp play guitar.
"He's not new to playing on stage," Alice said. "People are going to be very surprised when they hear him play, because they know him as Jack Sparrow.
"When they see a guitar in his band, they going to say, 'Wait a minute! I didn't have any idea he could play like that.' He's a real guitar player. I wouldn't be working with anybody that wasn't as good as anybody I've worked with normally.
"Last year, we were testing the waters to see if people were even going to be interested in what we were doing, and we found that they were; we got great reactions and sold out quite a few places. I think a lot of that might have been out of curiosity — Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper; what a weird combination."
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES' full lineup for the U.K. tour will be as follows:
Alice Cooper - Vocals
Johnny Depp - Guitar
Joe Perry - Guitar
Sheryl Cooper - Vocals
Chris Wyse - Bass
Tommy Henriksen - Guitars/Music Director
Glen Sobel - Drums
Buck Johnson - Keyboards
During the 1970s in the upstairs bar of the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, the "Hollywood Vampires" were born. It was a gathering place where celebrated artists such as John Lennon, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, Alice Cooper, Harry Nilsson and countless others would meet and drink into the early morning hours, and the club became legendary.
Back in 2012, Cooper and Depp decided the time was right to revive the camaraderie and spirit that defined Hollywood Vampires" (minus the drinking), creating an environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. Cooper and Depp were joined by Perry, along with producer Bob Ezrin, and soon the recording began. The band's debut album, "Hollywood Vampires", was released in September 2015.
Johnny Depp Hit In Unpaid Bodyguards Suit; Claims Of Drug Use & “Chaos”(5/1/18) Already facing multi-million-dollar legal battles with his former business managers and former lawyers, Johnny Depp now looks to have to seek protection from two of his ex-bodyguards.
“Terminated” back in 2016 and then rehired in a new employee capacity after several years working for the Murder On The Orient Express actor, Eugene Arreola and Miguel Sanchez today hit Depp with a multi-claim lawsuit over unpaid wages and working conditions. As with the ongoing big bucks dust-ups with The Management Group and the Bloom Firm, this action pulls back the curtain on Depp’s private life and excesses, perhaps damningly.
“In early 2016 Plaintiffs began to notice a stark change in Depp and the atmosphere on his Hollywood Hills compound,” the jury trial-seeking-complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court revealed (read it here). “Depp began making sudden and drastic changes to his staff and management team, causing a significant financial crunch for everyone surrounding Depp, except for Depp himself,” the paperwork also said. With allegations of “chaos,” a “financial hurricane” and more, this is language very familiar to those who have followed the other lawsuits and their tales of excess and the consequences overlooked.
“Often times Plaintiffs were forced to protect Defendant Depp from himself and his vices while in public,” the duo claim. “An incident at a local nightclub involved Plaintiffs alerting Depp of illegal substances visible on his face and person while preventing onlookers from noticing Depp’s condition,” the failure to pay wages, wrongful termination and unlawful business practices claiming filing added.
“As a result of the toxic and dangerous work environment and the constant labor code violations of their employers, Plaintiffs were forced to leave their employment despite the fact that they enjoyed many of the people they worked with and have no ill will toward Johnny Depp,” the experienced and dedicated bodyguards state.
“After years of happily working for Johnny Depp and his family, my clients found themselves in unsafe and unacceptable situations once Edward White took the reins,” attorney Tamar Arminak told Deadline today of Depp’s business partner, who is also a defendant in the new case. “As a result of White’s control and mismanagement, Depp owes my clients for significant unpaid wages,” the Glendale-based lawyer declared.
Having gone through a couple of law firms and attorneys in recent months like his Pirates of the Caribbean character Captain Jack chugs back the rum, Depp is set to go to trial in August against TMG. Whether or not that actually occurs is up in the air as a scheduled deposition in the January 2017 filed $25 million case by Plaintiff Depp has been postponed several times due to his rotating cast of attorneys.
While he may or may not still be working with the Oscar nominee, Washington DC-based lawyer Adam Waldman did not respond today to request for comment on this latest suit. As with the two other suits, this one from Arreola and Sanchez calls Depp’s financial stability into account, again.
As well as facing an unpaid commissions cross-complaint and foreclosure move from the well established TMG, Depp is also being sued back by his former longtime lawyers at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP. Depp went after the Hollywood heavyweights for $30 million in October 2017, declaring that the attorneys were in cahoots with TMG to rip him off after years of loyal service and seemingly wild spending by the well compensated star.
Johnny Depp-Produced ‘Muscle Shoals’ Drama From Global Road Entertainment Set At ABC(4/27/18) Muscle Shoals, a drama based on the life of Rick Hall, producer of the legendary Muscle Shoals sound, has sold to ABC for development under a straight-to-series model, Deadline has learned. The project hails from Global Road Entertainment, Johnny Depp and Christie Dembrowski’s Infinitum Nihil, Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced, and Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin’s City Entertainment. The drama has been in development at Global Road since 2016.
Emmy-nominated Bettina Gilois (Bessie) is writing the drama based on Hall’s life as chronicled in his autobiography The Man from Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame and the acclaimed Sundance documentary Muscle Shoals.
Depp, Dembrowski and Bobby DeLeon of Infinitum Nihil are executive producing along with Jason Felts, Justin Berfield and Rene Rigal at Branson’s Virgin Produced; and City Entertainment’s Maurer and Witlin. Nancy Wilson of the seminal group Heart serves as Executive Music Producer with Geoff Bywater through their Roadcase Productions shingle. Greg “Freddy” Camalier, who directed the documentary Muscle Shoals which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is also serving as executive producer.
The series is inspired by Hall’s true-life roller-coaster story as founder of the modern day “Muscle Shoals Sound,” and his Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Under Hall’s vision and inspiration, Muscle Shoals became the epicenter for recording some of the most iconic songs in history with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Otis Redding, Clarence Carter, and Arthur Alexander. Hall passed away at the age of 85 on January 2, 2018.
Gilois received an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing of a TV movie for HBO’s Bessie. The film earned 12 Emmy nominations, winning for Outstanding Television Movie. Her other writing credits include Disney’s McFarland USA and Glory Road and Lifetime’s The Lost Wife of Robert Durst.
“ABC is the perfect home for this incredible story of perseverance, creativity, and larger-than-life personalities,” said Mark Stern, President of Scripted Television, Global Road Entertainment. We are also honored to be working with this amazing creative team on such an auspicious project.”
Johnny Depp Dumped By New Lawyers As Trial Looms In Ex-Biz Managers Battle(4/20/18) At World’s End may not just be a title in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise for Johnny Depp but also the state of the star’s $25 million fraud lawsuit with his former business managers.
Less than three weeks after losing heavyweights Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP as part of his legal team in the nearly year and a half long multi-complaint battle with The Management Group, Depp has now been bloodlessly cut loose by replacement Michelman & Robinson, LLP.
“Upon having had an opportunity to review this matter in detail, we have determined it is in the best interest of our firm to focus our attention on other matters,” a spokesperson for the Irvine, CA based firm bluntly told Deadline today. “We wish the parties luck in resolving their differences,” they added after a deep dive into the affair and then exit of the leaking Good Ship Depp in just under a month.
Additionally, I hear that Michelman & Robinson attorneys will not be in front of Judge Teresa Beaudet tomorrow in Los Angeles Superior Court tomorrow for a scheduled procedural motion hearing in the case that Depp instigated against TMG back in January 2017. Amidst tales of extravagant spending by the Murder On The Orient Express star, foreclosure attempts and bare financial cupboards dominating the actor’s complaint and the commission seeking cross-complaint that TMG hit back with soon afterwards, this latest shake-up in the Oscar nominee’s legal representation also comes as an August 15 trial start date is approaching in the matter.
Even closer on the calendar and making Depp look more like a defendant than the plaintiff he is, I’ve learned that a deposition of the actor that was supposed to take place in early May has certainly been postponed. No new deposition date has been penciled in despite the legal invectives and moves each side have lashed the other with and the trial date on the horizon.
Another wrinkle in the matter is the status of Washington DC-based lawyer Adam Waldman in the case.
Depp’s most vocal advocate was listed on April 4 filings as “former attorneys for plaintiff and cross-defendant.” However, indications were that an error had taken place and Waldman and the Endeavor Law Firm would be formally put back on the case, so to speak. Oddly, that has not occurred yet and officially Waldman is still no longer repping Depp. Requests for comment by Waldman on the matter went unanswered this evening.
As we reported earlier this month when Depp and Manatt split, Waldman remains an attorney on the actor’s October 17, 2017 filed $30 million suit against his former long time lawyers at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP. Depp alleges that Jacob Bloom and crew improperly charged him fees and engaged in self-dealing related to the actor’s dealing with TMG.
Unsurprisingly, the Bloom firm countersued in December of last year claiming that they have “been damaged, and continues to be damaged, to the extent the parties’ fee agreement is not enforced and Cross-Defendants have not paid the reasonable value of the legal services” they say they provided the seemingly strapped Depp over the decades.
In previous filings, TMG detailed what they call “irresponsible and profligate spending” by Depp to the tune of millions and millions every month over the past several years. “Depp listened to no one, including TMG and his other advisors, and he demanded they fund a lifestyle that was extravagant and extreme,” the well established Hollywood biz managers stated in their November 2017 action for judicial foreclosure against the actor for a $5 million loan TMG said they made to him to bail him out a few years back.
To be specific, TMG made public last year a gilded list that included the $3 million bucks the Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas star spent to shoot Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon over a decade ago. Detailing what appeared to be a landscape of living way beyond one’s considerable means, Depp’s ex-business manager of 17-years also revealed in their cross-complaint of January 2017 the expenses of $75 million the actor spent to acquire, improve and furnish 14 residences, a hefty guitar and art collection, a yearly payroll of $10 million for friends and family, bodyguards, and at least $2 million a month being paid out for day-to-day costs. In an interview last spring Depp reiterated much of which had been said in his own court filings and added that TMG had “clearly let me down.”
On the other side of the initial case, TMG are still represented by Michael Kump and Suaan MacIsaac of Santa Monica’s Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP – as they have been since this all started.
Johnny Depp Loses Lawyers As Trial Battle With Ex-Biz Managers Approaches(3/6/18) Little more than four months before Johnny Depp is scheduled to go to trial against his former business managers in a more than $25 million fraud battle, the Pirates of the Caribbean star has lost his major law firm.
Managing partner Mona Hanna of Irvine, CA-based Michelman & Robinson has taken over for Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP as Depp’s lead lawyer on paper, with the sweeping personnel change coming as an August 15 trial start date looms for a pair of revealing suits involving The Management Group.
Depp is scheduled to give a sworn deposition in early May; the lawyer change could be partly a roll-of-the-dice move to see that date pushed back.
The news that Matthew Kanny, litigator John Gatti, Benjamin Chew and a team of attorneys at the high-powered Manatt were out in came in documents (read here) filed in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this week. The lead Manatt attorney on the case, Chew, is in the process of leaving the firm too, I hear.
Additionally, Washington DC-based lawyer Adam Waldman also seems to be off Team Johnny, at least on paper. The most vigorous public defender of Depp’s against claims of outlandish financial excess and bad decisions since the legal dustup with TMG hit the courts in January 2017, Waldman and the Endeavor Law Firm are currently listed on the proof of service of the April 4 filing as “former attorneys for plaintiff and cross-defendant.” However, I hear there was an error on the paperwork and Waldman will continue on in his role, with a correction coming soon.
The substitution filing also comes just more than two weeks after Waldman and the Manatt team hit back against TMG’s “action for judicial foreclosure” filing of last November on five Los Angeles properties Depp owns, an attempt to recoup a $5 million loan the company made to the actor years ago. Now connected to the initial case and also set for trial this summer, the March 20 paperwork (read it here) denied “generally and specifically, each and every allegation contained in the Complaint and each and every cause of action alleged against Mr. Depp.”
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP did not respond to request for comment on its exit as Depp’s reps in the TMG matter.
Waldman, meanwhile, remains on Depp’s team in the actor’s $30 million lawsuit against his old attorney Jacob Bloom and his Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP, accusing the firm of helping TMG lead Deppdown the financial garden path. The Hollywood legal heavyweights swung back against The Murder On The Orient Express star’s big-bucks October 2017 action with a trial-seeking counter-claim in December.
The suit against Bloom and the ongoing brawl with TMG has left few stones unturned regarding how Depp rolls financially and how he ended up near skint on paper.
When this all started early last year, TMG deftly filed a cross-complaint that sought more than $560,000 in allegedly owed commissions, asking to halt the actor’s $25 million fraud suit and put Depp’s bottom line under public scrutiny. Calling the actor’s suit “absurd and false,” that filing was the first of many now to unveil detail after detail of Oscar nominee Depp’s extravagant expenses of homes, cars, guitars, family on the payroll, shooting the ashes of pal Hunter S. Thompson out of a cannon in 2005, and at least $2 million a month for day-to-day costs, among other revelations. Things has only become even more fractured between the parties in the nearly year and a half since with amended complaints, the foreclosure move, and even so-called whistleblower testimony from an ex-employee of TMG.
Last summer, L.A. Superior Court Judge Teresa Beaudet ruled Depp’s personal spending habits were not pertinent to the core of TMG’s case. However, the judge said she would let the declaratory relief claim be restated by the company’s lawyers – which they did in a July 20, 2017 filing. In filings of his own, Depp has denied such a state of sad financial affairs is his doing and in a spring 2017 interview said that TMG “clearly let me down.”
Amidst all this, The Management Group continues to be repped by Michael Kump and Suaan Macisaac of Santa Monica’s Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Joined By JOHNNY DEPP On Stage At U.S. Tour Kick-Off(3/4/18) (Video) STONE TEMPLE PILOTS were joined by Wayne Kramer (MC5) and actor Johnny Depp on stage last night at the opening show of the band's U.S. tour at The Canyon in Santa Clarita, California. They performed a cover version of MC5's classic song "Kick Out the Jams" followed by the STP's "Sex Type Thing". Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen above.
Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M(12/17/17) Still wrestling in the courts with his former business managers over millions, home foreclosures and claims of excess, Johnny Depp now finds himself at the legal receiving end of one of Hollywood’s biggest lawyers in a $30 million sword fight that is sure to take some of the cheer out of his Christmas.
Less than two months after the thrashing Pirates of the Caribbean star dragged his old attorney Jacob Bloom and his Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP firm into the battle with The Management Group with a malpractice suit, the lawyers have sued back.
“Bloom Hergott has been damaged, and continues to be damaged, to the extent the parties’ fee agreement is not enforced and Cross-Defendants have not paid the reasonable value of the legal services that Bloom Hergott provided to Cross-Defendants, in an amount to be proven at trial, plus interest,” said a cross-complaint from Bloom and the firm filed last week in LA Superior Court against Depp and his corporate entities. The firm provided Depp with legal representation for decades and up to July of this year, according to the cross-complaint.
Claiming that there never was a “statutorily prescribed written contract” with his long time lawyer, Depp’s October 18 suit declared that “instead of protecting Mr. Depp’s interests, Defendants engaged in misconduct for their own financial benefit and violated some of the most basic tenets of the attorney-client relationship, all to Mr. Depp’s serious financial detriment, causing Mr. Depp substantial economic harm.”
At the same time as launching their cross-complaint, Bloom and his firm have also answered that scathing accusation by basically pronouncing the actor his own worst enemy. “The events and happenings alleged in the complaint, as well as ensuing injuries and losses, if any, were proximately caused and contributed to by the negligence, fault, and misconduct of Plaintiffs and/or their agents and representatives (whose acts, conduct, and/or omissions are chargeable to Plaintiffs),” said the now canned Depp attorneys to the seemingly financially tight Murder On The Orient Express cast member.
Johnny Depp’s DC-based lawyer Adam Waldman did not respond to request from Deadline for comment on the latest sets of filings
While a further dunking for Depp, the cross-complaint and response shouldn’t be that big a surprise as back in late October, reps for Bloom and the firm said that they saw things differently than “Mr. Depp and his counsel on the law and the facts, and intends to defend the lawsuit vigorously.”
It also follows the pattern of the TMG dust-up after the actor first sued his old long time biz mangagers in a $25 million lawsuit back in January.
Soon afterwards, TMG filed a cross-complaint of their own against Depp in response to his suit that proclaimed that the actor’s spending habits were the real cause of his apparently shrinking bank accounts and he owed them over $500,000 in unpaid commissions. As the second of many shots the two sides have taken against each other since, that cross-complaint damningly detailed an opulent lifestyle of homes all over the world, lavish art collections, cars, boats, plus the $3 million Depp spent to launch the ashes of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s out of a cannon in 2005 and the $2 million he pays out every month on day-to-day expenses.
As the bile blew in both directions, TMG brought out a big cannon on November 8 and filed an action for judicial foreclosure against Depp. The dramatic move was to force the sale of five City of Angels properties owned by Depp run trusts to help repay a $5 million loan that TMG claim they made to the strapped actor in December 2012.
Right now, the next benchmark in this matter with Bloom and his firm is a case management conference pencilled in for March 16, 2018. However, if the love of litigation that this case and the TMG case has shown, is any roadmap, expect more paperwork salvos to be shot across the respective bows before then.
Jacob Bloom and his firm are being represented in this dust-up with their ex-client by Kurt peterson, Peter Kennedy and Matthew Wrensahll of LA’s Reed Smith LLP.
Amber Heard fires back after J.K. Rowling defends Johnny Depp casting(12/8/17) Amber Heard has fired back at J.K. Rowling after the author defended her decision to cast the actress’ ex-husband Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts films.
Fans of the wizarding franchise, prequels to the Harry Potter films, have questioned Rowling and the judgement of film producers who have allowed Depp to keep the role of Gellert Grindelwald after his former wife alleged he’d been physically and mentally abusive with her throughout their short-lived marriage.
The 31-year-old actress also obtained a temporary restraining order when she first split from Depp, 54.
On Thursday, Rowling released a statement, explaining that “the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies”.
Heard clapped back on Friday, taking to social media to share an image of the joint statement she and Depp released when they settled their divorce in August, 2016.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” the statement read. “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm.
“Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity.”
She captioned the image: “For the record, this was our FULL joint statement. To pick & choose certain lines & quote them out of context, is not right. Women, stay strong. Love, Amber.”
Heard was awarded US$7 million in the divorce settlement, and she has vowed to donate the cash to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The couple’s divorce was finalised in January.
Johnny will star in the next Fantastic Beasts movie, The Crimes of Grindelwald, alongside Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Ezra Miller. It hits theatres next November.
J.K. Rowling breaks silence on Johnny Depp casting after domestic abuse allegations(12/8/17) J.K. Rowling voiced her support for Johnny Depp and his casting in an upcoming sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” following earlier domestic abuse allegations made against the actor.
The author published a statement on her website Thursday, breaking her silence on what had been a simmering controversy for the franchise. Some Harry Potter fans have said they would boycott “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” after Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard in May 2016 said that Depp was “verbally and physically abusive” to her during their marriage. Depp earlier called that claim and others “salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies.” The two settled their divorce last year.
Rowling acknowledged that the reports “deeply concerned” her and others behind the production, and that she and director David Yates considered recasting Depp’s role. While Depp had a brief cameo in “Fantastic Beasts,” he has a starring role as the Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the follow-up film, and potentially future installments in the pre-Potter franchise.
“For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful. However, the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected,” wrote Rowling. “Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”
Rowling added: “I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.”
Warner Bros. said it supported the decision.
“This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said ’there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm,”’ said the studio in a statement. “Based on the circumstances and the information available to us, we, along with the filmmakers, continue to support the decision to proceed with Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald in this and future films.”
Johnny Depp has a threesome in pal Marilyn Manson’s new video(11/15/17) Johnny Depp plays a starring role in Marilyn Manson’s new x-rated music video as he strips naked for a threesome.
The racy short for “Kill4Me” sees the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, 54, taking his clothes off and simulating a seriously scandalous bedroom scene with two models.
The video casts Depp as a voyeuristic video editor who is lured into a tryst with models Bailee Cowperthwaite and Jocelyn Binder.
Needless to say, with it being a video for the king of shock rock the video is sure to cause scandal.
Stripping naked and rolling around in the sheets with the two women, Depp can be seen simulating a number of sexual acts with the girls.
The group writhe around on an opulent bed as Depp and the girls take turns to mount each other, and even Manson himself sneaks into the scene he slithers into certain shots.
Depp’s involvement in the slick and suitably dark yet glamorous music video should come as little surprise to fans of the rock star and actor, as the pair are long-term friends.
The actor featured on 2012’s “Born Villain,” where he played guitar on the cover of “You’re So Vain.”
Depp has also appeared in the “Say10” music video which was released in October, shortly after Manson dropped his long-awaited, “Heaven Upside Down” album.
The self-proclaimed “Antichrist Superstar” spoke to The Sun about his latest musical effort, which he is currently touring the US and Europe in support of.
Touching on the video, Manson said: “At the end, when you see the underwear burning, those are mine — and that’s Johnny’s lighter — he burnt my f—king underwear!
“I was embarrassed to be nude in front of these two girls, Johnny too. We’ve been friends for so long but we don’t sit around and look at each other’s undercarriages.”
And touching on the roots of their deep 20-year-long friendship, he added: “We were both white trash from hillbilly country, to use the vernacular, and sharpened our teeth in Florida.”
JOE PERRY's 'Sweetzerland Manifesto' Album To Feature Guest Appearances By JOHNNY DEPP, ROBIN ZANDER(11/15/17) Joe Perry — legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of AEROSMITH — is readying his new solo album, "Sweetzerland Manifesto", for release on January 19.
Due out on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by Amped Distribution), "Sweetzerland Manifesto" marks Joe's sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by Joe (many with the album's guest vocalists), except for a cover of "Eve Of Destruction" with Joe on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of Joe's friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons. Highlights include "Aye, Aye, Aye", which Joe co-wrote with the track's vocalist Robin Zander, and three collaborations with David Johansen, who sings "I Wanna Roll", "Haberdasher Blues" and "I'm Going Crazy", plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid whose lead vocals light up "I'll Do Happiness" (with Zak Starkey on drums), "Sick & Tired" and "Won't Let Me Go".
"Sweetzerland Manifesto" was recorded at Studio 1480 in Los Angeles and produced by Joe Perry and Bruce Witkin, with Johnny Depp serving as executive producer and additional help from Jack Douglas, who co-wrote and co-produced a number of tracks. It was engineered by Witkin and Tony Perry. The album was mixed by Tony Perry with Ari Blitz serving as assistant mix engineer at After Master in Los Angeles. On the album, Joe also teams up with sons Tony and Roman on "Spanish Sushi", which was produced and arranged by The Perry Boys with Joe on guitars and bass, Roman adding synthesizer programming and Tony handling drum programming.
"It's going to be interesting to see what songs people gravitate to because there's such a wide variety of tunes," Joe notes.
"Sweetzerland Manifesto" track listing:
01. Rumble In The Jungle (instrumental)
‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Trailer: Johnny Depp On The Hunt For Kidnapped Garden Dwellers(11/7/17) (Video) It’s been nearly seven years since we were introduced to Gnomeo and Juliet, and now the garden-variety couple resides in London. They were supposed to live happily ever after, but then the gnome-nappings began. And there’s only one man — er, gnome — who can crack the case.
Here is the trailer for Sherlock Gnomes, the long-in-the-works sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo and Juliet. With the titular couple (returnees James McAvoy and Emily Blunt) newly arrived in the English capital, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. But when their friends and family turn up missing, they call in the legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp).
The sworn protector of London’s garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to investigate the case. The mystery lead the garden partiers on a rollicking adventure where they will meet all new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of the city.
Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne reprise their voice roles from the original pic, which grossed nearly $194 million worldwide. New to the franchise, along with Depp and Ejiofor, is Mary J. Blige. Elton John and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin contributed original music for the toon, which is directed by Kung Fu Panda co-helmer John Stevenson from a script by Ben Zazove.
Paramount Pictures releases the film from MGM and Paramount Animation on March 23. Check out the trailer above and tell us what you think.
Johnny Depp Slams New Foreclosure Threat in Fight Over His Lost Fortune(11/7/17) Johnny Depp has no plans to move out of the five homes his former business managers are threatening to take away from him.
The Murder on the Orient Express star’s former managers at The Management Group (TMG) filed a motion Monday to foreclose on five of his properties in Los Angeles in order to cover a $5 million loan the company says it gave him in 2012.
“Today’s improper foreclosure action is the latest of the Mandels’ efforts to intimidate Mr. Depp into dropping his lawsuit,” Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman tells PEOPLE.
Asked whether TMG will get Depp’s homes, Waldman added, “Of course not, and they know it. We will move for sanctions for this latest publicity stunt.”
TMG claims it took out the loan to cover Depp’s debt and save him from bankruptcy. His former managers also allege that the five houses included in Monday’s motion were used as collateral for the loan, and since Depp has stopped making payments, they want to sell the houses.
The threat of foreclosure is just the latest exchange in what has become a bitter back-and-forth between the actor and his former managers, who he claims mismanaged the $650 million he’s made in the last two decades to the point of depletion.
Depp sued TMG in February for $25 million in a fraud lawsuit, in which he claimed that the firm was trying to foreclose on his primary residence. “As a result of years of gross mismanagement and sometimes outright fraud, Mr. Depp lost tens of millions of dollars and has been forced to dispose of significant assets to pay for TMG’s self-dealing and gross misconduct,” read the complaint.
“In essence, TMG treated Mr. Depp’s income as their own, available to either TMG or third parties to draw upon as desired,” the filing continued.
Waldman notes that after Depp filed his lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal reported that TMG was facing separate probes by the US Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and the SEC.
TMG later filed a cross-complaint against Depp, claiming the actor lived an “ultra-extravagant lifestyle that often knowingly cost [him] in excess of $2 million per month to maintain, which he simply could not afford.”
A judge ultimately ruled that Depp’s personal spending habits are not currently relevant in his ongoing legal battle.
Moving forward, a judge will decide whether or not to sign off on the foreclosure.
Johnny Depp Hit With Foreclosure On Homes By Ex-Biz Managers For $5M Loan(11/7/17) Johnny Depp seemed quite tired and emotional last week at the London premiere for the new Murder On The Orient Express but today the Oscar nominee may be feeling the wolf is at the door, at least legally and residentially.
Nearly a year after Depp and his former business managers start throwing accusations and betrayals at each other in court over millions in the seemingly spendthrift actor’s troubled finances, The Management Group on Monday filed an “action for judicial foreclosure” against the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
Aiming for the heart of what started the lawsuits flying back in January when the actor went after TMG in a $25 million fraud suit, the move Monday is to force a sale of five Los Angeles properties owned by Depp run trusts. Those sales are part of a larger play to repay a $5 million loan TMG made to the strapped actor in December 2012.
“TMG agreed to come to the aid of its long-time client,” the complaint filed in LA Superior Court today said of a pressing and due City National Bank loan that Depp had no way of meeting and his ex-biz managers got a “pass-through” for. “The idea behind this arrangement, which was designed to save Depp from a public and devastating financial collapse, was that Depp would pay TMG what TMG was required to pay CNB under the loan,” the non-jury trial seeking document adds of the company and its 17-year long client’s deal (read it here).
“At least at the time, Depp and his sister, personal manager, and the president of his production company, (Elisa Christi) Dembrowski, were very grateful to TMG for coming to Depp’s aid and helping him to avoid a public financial collapse,” TMG’s lawyers Michael Kump and Suann MacIsaac assert. “In fact, three years later, Depp used the fact that TMG had lent him money to pressure his long-time agent, United Talent Agency, to guarantee a further multi-million dollar loan from Bank of America,” the duo declare.
These sort of foreclosure actions usually move through the courts faster than most matters and, if a judgment is found in Depp’s disfavor, could see the Sheriff or a marshall snagging the properties within a year and selling them to pay the loan Depp has apparently decided not to.
“Depp paid interest and some principal payments under the TMG/Depp Note until he terminated TMG as his business manager on March 14, 2016,” the 10-page plus exhibits filing states. “After that date, Depp and his new business manager, (Edward) White, have refused to pay any interest or principal on the loan,” it goes on to detail. “Well over $4.4 million is due and owing under the TMG/Depp Note,” the document cites of the big bucks involved as well as fees and interest.
“Although Depp is refusing to pay his debts, he does not and cannot dispute that he received the full benefits of the TMG/Depp Note by avoiding a public calamity in 2012,” the duo from of Tinseltown heavyweights Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP state. “Nor can he dispute that TMG gained nothing from the transactions and instead, became indebted to CNB for $5 million.”
Then there’s that kicker: “However, in Depp’s self-centered world, ‘no good deed goes unpunished.’”
Reps for Depp did not reply to request for comment from Deadline.
In past filings, TMG have detailed what they call “irresponsible and profligate spending” by Depp over the past several years and how repeated attempts to face up to financial realities floundered. “Depp listened to no one, including TMG and his other advisors, and he demanded they fund a lifestyle that was extravagant and extreme,” today’s action reiterates in language similar to past actions in the matter. In filings of his own, Depp has denied such a state of affairs is to be laid at his feet and in an April interview said that TMG “clearly let me down.”
Today, as in the past, TMG say otherwise.
“As a result of Depp’s uncontrollable spending, which exceeded the net income he received from his films, Depp was forced to borrow large sums of money to fund a lifestyle that continued to become more and more extravagant over the years,” Monday’s fairly detailed filing says. “At the outset, this borrowing was in the form of advances from various movie studios, primarily Disney.”
Today’s filing is another skin unveiled Depp’s finances over the past several months. Unveiling that revealed, first made public in a January 31 TMG cross complaint, the $3 million the Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas star paid out to shoot Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon in 2005 and the more $2-million he forks out in monthly expenses, among other bottom line details.
The dense six-claim filing from TMG sought more $560,000 in unpaid commissions and credit card fees and to halt Depp’s January $25 million suit. They also wanted, and have been fighting for, a court declaration that TMG “complied with all of its fiduciary obligations under the law and that Depp is responsible for his own financial waste.”
Today’s complaint also comes less than a month after Depp sued his ex-lawyer Jacob Bloom for $30 million that the actor claims paid out improperly in fees and self-dealing related to dealings with The Management Group.
Co-starring Penelope Cruz, Willem Defoe, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kenneth Branagh, who also directed, Murder on the Orient Express comes out on November 10.
Johnny Depp Was Not Drunk at Premiere Despite Reports(11/5/17) Johnny Depp was "not drunk" at the premiere of Murder on the Orient Express, despite recent reports, E! News has learned.
The British newspaper The Sun reported that the actor "allegedly reeked of booze" at the event, which took place on Thursday, and that his bodyguard Jerry Judge had to "practically hold him up" on the red carpet. In many photos of Depp at the event, he is seen being guided around by the man around the area, which was surrounded by screaming fans. The Daily Mail and The Mirror reported that Depp allegedly looked "worse for wear."
"These reports are completely false. Johnny was not drunk at the premiere. He came straight from set to the premiere," a source told E! News exclusively on Saturday. "His security was maneuvering him around the carpet as he has done for years."
Murder on the Orient Express is based on Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery novel and tells of a mystery surrounding the murder of a passenger, played by Depp, on a train traveling across Europe. The movie also stars Star Wars' Daisy Ridley, Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides co-star Penélope Cruz, his Dark Shadows co-star Michelle Pfeiffer, Leslie Odom Jr., fellow Disney star Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe and Judi Dench and is set for release on November 10.
Its London premiere marked Depp's first movie premiere since the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales event in Tokyo in June.
During his time in London, Depp talked about how back in April, he surprised people on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland by showing up inside dressed as his character Jack Sparrow.
"I thought, how great will it be to be able to have the opportunity to stand there as some sort of animatronic until the people come by and then you start screaming," he said. "So all these years later, I got the chance to do it, so I was very excited."
"They sort of looked at me as they were coming around, and I'm frozen, and I went, 'Oy! What are you looking at?' And then...nothing," he said. "You know what I got? All of the iPhones in the world going, 'Wow. Well, that's a pretty good animatronic.' It was one of the proudest moments of my life."
Did Johnny Depp show up drunk to a movie premiere?(11/4/17) Johnny Depp returned to London for the “Murder On The Orient Express” premiere on Thursday.
And judging by the looks he got from his fellow cast members, the Hollywood star may have enjoyed a few drinks on the way down.
Johnny appeared a little bit worse for wear on the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall and allegedly reeked of booze while mixing with co-stars including Dame Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, and director Kenneth Branagh.
Snaps of his personal security man Jerry Judge having to practically hold him up only added to the impression he was having a big night out.
Indeed, Johnny’s partying started the previous evening at London club The Box.
A movie source said: “Johnny was having big old night and was told off for smoking three times while inside.
“He was annoyed people were staring at him too.
“But on the night of the premiere, he was in a strange mood and everyone thought he’d been drinking.
He was lamenting his split from Amber Heard so he’s clearly still not over the issues of the previous couple of years.
“You can see why there are still some serious fears about his wellbeing.”
Johnny split from Amber last May shortly before she accused him of domestic abuse.
He decided against doing any press and missed the after-party too, telling his fellow co-stars and film bosses that there were “two hot blondes” he had to see before making a swift exit.
Given how badly his most recent films have flopped, perhaps he’s waiting to see the box office results before celebrating.
Johnny Depp Sues Lawyers for Malpractice(10/17/17) Johnny Depp claims the law firm that represented him for years betrayed him by conspiring with his financial manager who Depp claims fleeced him out of $40 million.
Depp is suing the highly respected entertainment law firm, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP ... claiming the lawyers allowed TMG -- Depp's financial managers -- to essentially rob him blind.
Depp has TMG, but now he says his law firm were in cahoots with TMG, which took out enormous loans unbeknownst to debt and secured by the actor's movie residuals. When the residual payment were made to Depp, they were diverted to repay the loans.
The suit claims the law firm built in its fee in the loans and skimmed the money off before Depp was entitled to his money.
And the suit claims the law firm knew fully well what TMG was doing but never alerted Depp.
And get this ... Depp claims during his long relationship with the firm he's paid them tens of millions of dollars in attorney's fee yet the firm never had him sign a retainer agreement.
We reached out to Bloom, Hergott ... so far no word back.
Johnny Depp details Gerry Conlon friendship in new book(10/10/17) Johnny Depp has opened up about his close relationship to Gerry Conlon in a foreword for the book “In the Name of the Son: The Gerry Conlon Story,” out Oct. 18 by Richard O’Rawe.
Conlon was known as one of the “Guildford Four” and spent 15 years in prison after being wrongly convicted as an IRA bomber.
The Irish News was given access to the passage written by Depp, who described Conlon as his one of his closest friends.
The book gives in-depth details of Depp and Conlon’s relationship, including talk of a wallet that Depp still carries given to him by Conlon with the inscription “Saoirse,” which is Irish for “freedom.”
Depp goes on to describe Conlon in the eight-page foreword: “Upon thinking of my long lost brother Gerry.”
The friendship started in 1990 due to a brief encounter at a talent agency in LA.
Depp also vacationed with Conlon’s family around Ireland.
Depp goes on to say, “It was an honor to have known Gerry Conlon and to call him my friend.”
Conlon suffered from drug use and died of lung cancer in 2014. He was 60.
Johnny Depp’s Ex-Biz Managers Add Actor’s Friends & Family To Expenses SuitThe bitter multi-million dollar legal battle between Johnny Depp and his former business managers at The Management Group over the Pirates Of The Caribbean star’s finances has just gotten a lot bigger and personal – literally.
“In his attempt to avoid paying his debts to TMG, Depp is knowingly throwing his closest family, friends and employees under the bus by falsely alleging that they took millions of dollars in unauthorized payments from him,” a blunt amended complaint filed today in L.A. states of payments that they say the actor was “fully aware” of. “It is no wonder that Depp delayed for months in revealing their names,” the fraud claiming jury trial seeking paperwork adds. Which means, with those names now revealed, TMG have now added the Oscar nominee’s nephew, several close pals, a music label and Depp’s sister, who is also his personal manager and head of his production company, as cross-defendants in their cross-complaint. Essentially they’re saying: you’re suing the wrong people bucko!
Additionally, the dramatic inclusion of sister Christi Dembrowski, nephew William Rassel, personal assistant, Nathan Holmes, Unison Music and friends James Russo, Sal Jenco, and Bruce Witkin to the cross-complaint raises the stakes in what has been a fairly salacious situation ever since Depp first sued TMG in filed a $25 million lawsuit, back in January.
It also means under California’s equitable indemnity laws that a judge could press those family and friends to pay Depp back directly the nearly $10 million he says was improperly handed out on his behalf – which could make for a very uncomfortable family Thanksgiving to say the least.
“Depp’s claims of unauthorized loans to the new Cross-Defendants are not a basis for Depp to obtain a judicial declaration requiring the disgorgement of any business management fees from TMG, or for any of his other baseless claims,” today’s third amended complaint by TMG’s Hollywood heavyweight lawyers at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP asserts. “Depp’s closest friends, family, and colleagues who have been added as new Cross-Defendants in this action have only Depp to blame for their involvement in this charade,” the 51-page filing adds.
As things stand, after a hearing in DTLA this morning, a trial for the case is currently set to start on August 15, 2018. TMG insists that all those loans were authorized by Depp or by Dembrowski in his name. Depp’s side insists that was not the case, though they did fight hard to keep who actually got the more than $7 million now in dispute secret.
As things also stand, despite Dembrowski being part of the group that got millions from the actor, Depp’s sister is still running his Infinitum Nihil production company with the actor, Sam Sarkar and Stephen Deuters. The company inked a first look deal with IM Global earlier this summer.
Coming days after the auction for the belt tightening actor’s Kentucky farm failed to get a bid for its $2.9 million asking price, today’s filing is the latest twist in the fast weaving journey since Depp first took things to the courts on January 25 against his longtime business managers. In his initial suit, the actor preemptively claimed that he had been the subject of a Hollywood accounting swindle. “As a result of years of gross mismanagement and sometimes outright fraud, Mr. Depp lost tens of millions of dollars and has been forced to dispose of significant assets to pay for TMG’s self-dealing and gross misconduct,” the actor’s suit read, amidst claims in unauthorized loans to unnamed individuals (See where this is going?).
Specifically, in addition to the unauthorized loans, Depp’s lawyers at L.A-based firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLC claimed that TMG paid itself more than $28 million in contingency fees without a written agreement and failed to file or pay his taxes on time. The latter supposedly resulted in more than $5.6 million in fees and penalties on Depp’s federal returns.
Back on January 31, TMG filed a cross-complaint that declared that the actor’s big spending habits were the real cause of his dwindling finances and he owned them over $500,000 in unpaid commissions. TMG’s response damningly detailed a lifestyle of the rich and famous of homes all over the world, lavish art collections, cars, boats, plus the $3 million Depp spent to launch the ashes of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s out of a cannon in 2005 and the $2 million he pays out every month on day-to-day expenses.
Since then the two sides have sparred in filings, in court, in the press, in emails revelations and sought a probe from the feds over the case. In that process, more and more accusations have been thrown about and further examples of Depp’s allegedly extravagant spending habits being revealed.
At a hearing in July, Judge Teresa Beaudet denied TMG’s motion for declaratory relief that Depp “caused his own financial waste” and wanted some of the spending details stripped out of the case, if they couldn’t be put in the proper context. The LASC judge also ruled however that TMG’s claim of promissory fraud against Depp could stand. Just over a week later, TMG filed a heavily redacted amended cross-complaint that cited more examples of Depp’s “ultra-extravagant lifestyle” over the 17-year period it repped the actor.
So, on #TalkLikeAPirateDay, expect more of that before this thing goes to trial next summer, if it does.
Nobody offered enough dough for Johnny Depp’s horse farmJohnny Depp‘s Kentucky horse farm has failed to sell at auction after bidding was too low.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the 41-acre (17-hectare) Lexington property was listed for $2.9 million, but the top bid Friday was $1.4 million.
After a conference with Depp business manager Edward White, the auctioneers ended the auction without a sale.
The Halfhill Auction Group and White said they’ll continue talking to interested buyers.
Although there were 14 registered bidders, it was clear from the outset the auction was going to be sluggish. An auctioneer’s suggestion the bidding start at $2.5 million drew no interest, and bidding began at $1 million.
The property includes a 6,000-square-foot house with seven bedrooms, a four-car garage, a guesthouse and three barns.
Depp is a Kentucky native born in Owensboro.
Johnny Depp’s Kentucky horse farm to be sold at auctionJohnny Depp’s Kentucky horse farm will be sold at auction next month.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the 41-acre (17-hectare) Lexington property that includes a 6,000-square-foot (557-sq.-meter) brick house, a guesthouse and three barns will be sold at an auction conducted by the Halfhill Auction Group on Sept. 15. The group hasn’t revealed the minimum price that would be accepted.
The farm was initially listed for sale in December at $3.4 million, which was later dropped to $2.9 million. Rector-Hayden Realtors’ Gary Denton says there were three offers, but none ended in a sale.
County officials have assessed the fair cash value of the farm at $2.3 million.
Depp is a Kentucky native. He purchased the farm in 1995, sold it in 2001 and bought it back in 2005.
Johnny Depp Looks To Make Federal Case Of His Battle With Business ManagersJohnny Depp is taking his battle with his former business managers to the feds. Deadline has confirmed that the actor has enlisted a trio of U.S. government agencies to look into the Mandel Group, with which the actor has been embroiled in a bitter dispute over his financial woes.
The keyword above is “probe” — it is not a formal federal investigation, and no governmental agency reached out to Mandel.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star filed a $25 million lawsuit against his longtime business managers, claiming that he had been swindled in the Hollywood accounting shell game. “As a result of years of gross mismanagement and sometimes outright fraud, Mr. Depp lost tens of millions of dollars and has been forced to dispose of significant assets to pay for TMG’s self-dealing and gross misconduct,” the suit read.
The defendants, however, were quick to counter, filing a cross-complaint about two weeks later that claimed Depp’s outlandish spending habits were the real source of his money problems. TMG cited, among other examples of cash outgo, the $3 million tab for launching the ashes of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s out of a cannon in 2005 and the $2 million he spends every month on expenses.
The bad blood only has ratcheted up in the ensuing months. In May, TMG — aka the Mandel Company and the Management Group — filed a revised multi-claim complaint against Depp that followed a Wall Street Journal interview with the actor that touched on many aspects of the lawsuit and his belief that his money is his to spend as he chooses. Then in June, — after his latest Pirates film hit megaplexes worldwide — emails from Depp’s team were made public that detailed his lavish paydays and debt. The move was part of a motion to oppose Depp’s lawyers’ attempts to quash deposition subpoenas intended to obtain records related to the case.
Then, at a hearing in July, Judge Teresa Beaudet denied TMG’s motion for declaratory relief that Depp “caused his own financial waste” but ruled that its claim of promissory fraud against the Oscar nominee can stand. Ten days later, TMG filed a heavily redacted amended cross-complaint that cited more examples of Depp’s “ultra-extravagant lifestyle” over the 17-year period it repped the actor.
If not settled, the case is set to go before a jury on January 24.
Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil To Produce ‘The Secret World’ TV Series Based On Video GameJohnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil has partnered with G4C Innovation’s Gudrun Giddings to produce The Secret World, a television series based on the globally successful MMO game The Secret World and its recently released reboot Secret World Legends.
The TV adaptation, which is being written by James V. Hart (Hook, Crossbones) and Jake Hart, with former CSI: NY showrunner Pam Veasey on board as showrunner, will be based on the universe of the Secret World IP. It will center on a team of undercover agents and the shadowy war between secret societies: the Illuminati, Dragon and the Templar. Central to the plot is their battle against the supernatural in an adventure that spans across our world, and incorporates the realms of ancient myths and legends, as well as today’s conspiracy theories and headline news.
Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Sam Sarkar and Gudrun Giddings will produce with Veasey.
“The Secret World is the ideal gaming experience to translate into a live-action episodic adventure,” said Veasey.
Created by Norwegian developer and publisher Funcom, the original game was first published in 2012 as one of that year’s top games .
“The Secret World universe is full of stories just waiting to be told,” said Rui Casais, CEO of Funcom. From secret societies to myths and legends that are all coming true, The Secret World captures some of humanity’s greatest mysteries and asks ‘What if?'”
Giddings, who optioned the media rights to The Secret World in 2012, had been developing the project with Sarkar from its inception.
“It’s one of the most character driven and well developed games I know of and naturally lends itself to fantastical storylines with intriguing characters, a thrilling and binge-worthy international TV show,” Giddings said.
Added Sarkar, “From the moment Gudrun first brought this to me, I loved this property. I live for conspiracy theory. I don’t believe it, but I love it. This is the secret story of the people who rule the people who rule the world.”
The project was packaged by CAA.
The Secret World is the latest video game franchise to be developed as TV series. It follows Myst, a drama series based on the classic 1990s video game, which was given a script-to-series commitment at Hulu. And Paramount TV and Anonymous Content optioned the rights to the Battlefield video game property to adapt as a TV series.
Johnny Depp’s Ex-Biz Managers Cite More Examples Of Actor’s Overspending In New Court DocsThe legal fight about who is to blame for Johnny Depp’s financial troubles took a new turn when Depp’s former managers filed an amended cross-complaint today in Los Angeles Superior Court. In the oft-redacted filing, The Management Group’s lawyers cite new expenses incurred by Depp that they say proves it was the actor who mismanaged his money.
Depp sees it the other way, originally suing TMG in January for $25 million alleging 11 complaints ranging from fraud to breach of contract to professional negligence. Depp claims TMG paid itself more than $28 million in contingency fees without a written agreement; failed to file or pay his taxes on time, resulting in more than $5.6 million in fees and penalties on his federal returns; and “loaning” nearly $10 million to third parties without Depp’s authorization.
Today’s amended cross-complaint came after a hearing earlier this month in which Judge Teresa Beaudet denied TMG’s desire for declaratory relief that Depp “caused his own financial waste” but ruled that its claim of promissory fraud against the Oscar nominee can stand. It cites Depp’s “ultra-extravagant lifestyle” over the 17-year period TMG repped the actor, a lifestyle that “knowingly cost Depp in excess of $2 million per month to maintain, which he simply could not afford.” In addition to previous examples of un-repaid loans and debts, it cited having to eventually pay off a Visa credit card to the tune of $55,000. (Read the entire cross-complaint here.)
“Today TMG filed its amended Cross-Complaint, which includes the mirror image of Johnny Depp’s tenth claim for declaratory relief,” wrote TMG attorney Michael Kump of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP. “Depp’s exorbitant spending remains at the center of this case. The Cross-Complaint is being redacted because Depp is doing everything in his power to hide the identity of the friends and family to whom TMG supposedly distributed money without his authorization. Depp knows how ridiculous he will look when these false allegations are publicly disclosed.”
The case is set to go before a jury on January 24 next year.
Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen and Kevin Dillon Have Platoon Reunion 31 Years Later(Pic) Once a platoon, always a platoon...
It's been over 31 years since Oliver Stone's classic 1986 film Platoon hit theaters. Three of the movie's stars, Johnny Depp, Kevin Dillon and Charlie Sheen, who were budding young actors at the time, may not be fresh faces in Tinsel Town any more, but they're definitely famous ones and it looks like they're still hanging tough—together.
Earlier today, Dillon, who went on to star in HBO's Entourage, posted a photo of the trio's reunion last night on Instagram. In the fun photo, the trio appear to be partying down at Depp's home in the Hollywood Hills. Depp is pictured smoking while wearing a Johnny Cash shirt, Dillon is smiling wide and Sheen wears a bright red Hawaiian shirt.
Dillon captioned the photo, "Platoon 30 year #reunion last night at #johnnydepp house #goodtimes @charliesheen."
The movie, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1987, follows a young Vietnam recruit, Private First Class Chris Taylor, played by Sheen, as he faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and man's duality.
In the iconic film, Dillon played "Bunny." Depp took on the role of the translator Lerner. Interestingly enough, much of Depp's work in the movie was actually left on the cutting room floor. From getting chopped to blockbuster superstar Jack Sparrow, Depp's had quite the cinematic ride since 1986.
Prior to Platoon, Sheen had appeared in several smaller films like Red Dawn, Lucas and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but had not nabbed a major role in a major film yet. But all that changed when he was cast in Stone's star-making vehicle. In 1987, Sheen took on the role of Bud Fox in the director's next film, Wall Street, and he cemented his short-lived place as one of Hollywood's leading men during the 1980s. Sheen's had some major career, health and addiction ups and downs since the '80s, but at least judging from the snap of last night, he's still having a grand old time...
Meanwhile, Dillon went on to appear in a host of small-budget films and television roles, working consistently over the decades. But it wasn't until he nabbed the role of Johnny Drama on Entourage in 2004 did the actor get some major notoriety.
A plethora of other young talent signed on for Stone's controversial anti-war flick, which scored a total of four Oscars.
Platoon also starred Tom Berenger, Keith David, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker Stone himself even had a small and uncredited cameo.
Platoon was Stone's first in his trilogy of Vietnam War films, which included Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Heaven & Earth (1993).
Johnny Depp’s Ex-Biz Managers Can Still Go After Actor For Fraud, Judge RulesJohnny Depp today took two steps forward and a significant step back in his $25 million legal battle with his former business managers over the Pirates Of The Caribbean star’s finances.
While denying for now The Mandel Company’s desire for declaratory relief that Depp “caused his own financial waste,” a Los Angeles Superior Court judge Monday ruled that business manager’s claim of promissory fraud against the Oscar nominee in its countersuit can stand as the financially lurid case moves forward — though potentially much less salacious
After listening to arguments from lawyers on both sides in a demurrer from Depp’s team at a hearing downtown this morning, Judge Teresa Beaudet stood by most of her tentative ruling on the matter, first filed by Depp on January 13 with allegations of “gross mismanagement and sometimes outright fraud” over the actor’s long-term relationship with the company also known as The Management Group. With the matter moving forward after today’s hearing, the case is still set to go before a jury on January 24 next year — unless a settlement deal is struck before then.
Beaudet on Monday also agreed that some of the most revealing and seeming excessive examples of Depp’s use of his money are not really part of this case, after all. “The pages of allegations of Depp’s allegedly outrageous spending clearly have no relevance to the 5% commission allegedly owed TMG from the Pirates Of The Caribbean payout, or to the final work done by TMG on transitioning their files to Depp’s new representatives,” the judge said, striking that material. Of course, being that a giant spotlight has already been put on said spending, it is not like it will disappear from public memory. Additionally, such material could find a new home in future filings as these things tend to.
“TMG has not indicated how it can amend the declaratory relief cause of action,” Beaudet’s tentative on the matter also noted on the mainly technical issue of the relief. “Unless it provides some appropriate basis for so doing at the hearing, the demurrer is sustained without leave to amend.”
Still, Beaudet will let the declaratory relief claim be restated by TMG’s lawyers. “We can allege the mirror flip of that,” said TMG lawyer Suann Macisaac on Monday in arguing against the tentative, successfully seeking permission to amend the claim based on the fact Depp made a similar claim in his initial suit. The court altered the tentative to give TMG’s attorneys 10 days to amend and Depp’s side 30 days to respond.
“Today’s ruling was a clear victory for The Management Group because the Court ruled in favor of our fraud claim,” said reps for TMG in a statement today. “We intend to file an amended cross complaint for declaratory relief. All of the issues regarding Depp’s extravagant spending continue to be fully included in the case.”
“The Court also does not find that TMG’s allegations in its promissory fraud cause of action are based on duties arising from any previous agreement between the parties, and do not lie in tort,” the judge added of the other main issue of contention at stake Monday. “Contrary to Cross-Defendants’ contentions, TMG has not simply alleged that it was not paid for its services, thus constituting a breach of contract,” she noted in her tentative of earlier today. “Instead, TMG alleges additionally that all during the final two weeks of March while TMG was working to transition the files, in an effort to induce the completion of the work, Cross-Defendants perpetrated a fraud in misrepresenting repeatedly that they intended to pay when the transition was complete.”
TMG’s claims of breach of contract were not part of the dismissal motion before the court today.
Based supposedly on discoveries into his finances by his new business managers, Depp’s lawsuit of earlier this year alleged 11 complaints ranging from fraud to breach of contract to professional negligence. It claims TMG paid itself more than $28 million in contingency fees without a written agreement; failed to file or pay his taxes on time, resulting in more than $5.6 million in fees and penalties on his federal returns; and “loaning” nearly $10 million to third parties without Depp’s authorization or proper documentation.
At a hearing in late May, the judge allowed Depp’s side to file a new amended complaint which can include so-called whistleblower testimony from an ex-employee of TMG. That new complaint has not been submitted to the court as of yet.
In TMG’s initial countersuit filed January 31 and full of multi-million dollar details of the actor’s alleged extravagances and over-spending, Depp’s former biz managers claimed the company “did everything within its power over the last 17 years to protect Depp from himself and to keep Depp financially solvent.” The filing also noted that the actor himself is to blame for his supposed financial woes, citing examples such spending as $3 million to shoot Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon a dozen years ago and the $2 million he spends every month on every day expenses, which were often the least intriguing of the pay-outs.
“Contrary to Depp’ s recent public statements that his exorbitant purchases were him ‘investing’ his own money,” an amended compliant of May 1 added says, “Depp’s extravagant spending has often been marked by a lack of impulse control and often increased immediately after Mandel would confront Depp regarding his finances.”
The case is being handled for Depp, who last year signed with CAA after a 30-year stint at UTA, by lawyers at at bi-coastal firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLC. And Adam Waldman of the DC-based Endeavor Law Firm. Michael Kump and Suann Macisaac of Santa Monica’s Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP are representing TMG in the matter.
‘True Crime Addict’ Book Getting Series Adaptation By Universal TV With Richard Price Writing & Johnny Depp ProducingUniversal Television and Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil have teamed for a drama series based on James Renner’s memoir True Crime Addict, which was written on spec by The Night Of co-creator Richard Price.
True Crime Addict, which is intended for cable and digital networks and will be taken out to buyers shortly, is in the hot true-crime genre, whose foray into the cultural zeitgeist started on the documentary side with Netflix’s Making A Murderer, HBO’s The Jinx and the Serial podcast before migrating to the scripted series space with FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and NBC’s upcoming Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.
Published last year, Renner’s True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself In The Mysterious Disappearance Of Maura Murray, which had been compared to David Fincher’s Zodiac, follows investigative journalist Jimmy Hunter. His lifelong obsession with cold cases leads him to research feverishly the whereabouts of a popular college student whose car was found abandoned in rural upstate New York. While Jimmy’s all-consuming quest for the truth begins to devour him body and soul, he must also strive to keep it from tearing apart his young and fragile family.
Universal TV landed rights to the book, with Infinitum Nihil attached, in a competitive situation. The studio then reached out to Price, who loved it and came on board to adapt it. He wrote the script as a spec, which now will be shopped.
In addition to writing, Price executive produces with Renner and Infinitum’s Depp, Christi Dembrowski, and Norman Todd for Universal Television.
Price co-created and executive produced HBO’s The Night Of and serves as an executive producer on the network’s new drama series The Deuce, reuniting with frequent collaborator David Simon. Price is the author of such novels as Clockers, Lush Life and The Whites. His film screenplays include The Color Of Money, which earned him an Oscar nomination; Sea of Love; and Ransom.
Johnny Depp Apologizes For Presidential Assassination QuipJohnny Depp has apologized for his statement made during his appearance Thursday at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England, where he joked about presidential assassination.
He told People magazine today that he “intended no malice” and “was only trying to amuse.”
“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he said in the statement. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean star’s crack that referenced President Donald Trump was made to the crowd at the English festival, which he was attending as the inaugural “Guest of Honour” for its new drive-in movie attraction Cineramageddon.
“Can we bring Trump here? … I think he needs help,” he said, then added, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” The line drew mostly cheers and a few boos.
He soon clarified: “I’m not an actor. I lie for a living.”
The White House today condemned the comments: “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a democrat elected official.”
The Secret Service also confirmed to media outlets today that it knows about the comments.
Johnny Depp Jokes About Donald Trump: “When Was The Last Time An Actor Assassinated A President?”(Video) Keep an eye on the Sparrow? Well, the Secret Service might be having a little chat with one Johnny Depp after the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s joke about President Donald Trump went over like a lead zeppelin Thursday at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England.
Speaking to the crowd from a stage, Depp said: “Can we bring Trump here? … I think he needs help.” That’s OK so far, but the one-time Lone Ranger went on to crank it up to 11, drawing mostly cheers and a few boos by asking, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
He soon clarified: “I’m not an actor. I lie for a living.” Check out the clip above.
And the Razzie goes to …
The actor — Depp, we mean, not John Wilkes Booth — was the inaugural “Guest of Honour” at the festival’s new drive-in movie attraction Cineramageddon. He was there to introduce a screening of his 2004 movie The Libertine, which was filmed in and around Somerset. Depp has been something of a gossip-rag football (soccer ball?) lately, between his messy, very public divorce from Amber Heard and an also-very-public legal feud with his business managers, who claim that his “extravagant spending has often been marked by a lack of impulse control.”
Johnny Depp Team Emails Made Public In Lawsuit Detail Lavish Paydays & DebtA fight that began when Johnny Depp sued his longtime business managers for more than $25 million for mismanaging his finances for almost two decades took another heated turn today. As part of a motion to oppose Depp’s lawyers’ attempts to quash deposition subpoenas intended to obtain records related to the case, the management team made public key correspondences from Depp’s lawyers at Bloom Hergott, his UTA agent, as well as Depp’s sister who The Management Group says was considered “Depp’s personal manager, primary representative and gate-keeper.”
The filing by lawyers for TMG (read it here) in Los Angeles Superior Court includes 11 exhibits which they say shows Depp and his inner circle were fully aware of the financial difficulties of one of the world’s biggest movie stars. The mostly email correspondences that show back-and-forths with lawyers, managers, agents, bankers, Depp’s sister Christi Dembrowski and even Depp that among other things detail how his accounts were overdrawn by nearly $4 million in late 2009, and he was near a deal to borrow $1.98 million more from City National Bank in 2015.
In one exhibit, TMG principal Joel Mandel went directly to Depp in December 2009 with his concerns, with Depp’s reply the next day suggesting he had a plan to cover the shortfall with a string of movie paydays that he said included $20 million for The Tourist, $35 million for Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and $20 million for Dark Shadows.
On December 6, 2009, Mandel wrote to Depp:
I wanted to be sure to reach out to you, personally, before you left. Since my email to you in September, I have done what 1 was told you wanted done, meaning, “getting us through” financially until work could start again. The good news is that, so far, we have been able to do that. Notwithstanding, I need your help in a variety of ways. First, we need to “take it easy” on holiday spending. Second, we need to discuss some dollar limit in the upcoming Dillinger auction. Third, I need to be able to sit with you on your return from this trip, and before you leave for France, so that we can talk about where we are financially, what we have borrowed in order to sustain ourselves, what we have had to do to obtain those borrowings, what is now necessary to pay those borrowings back and, finally, to look realistically at income and expenses and to work together on how to make sure that these are back in balance.
I know that things are hectic for you at the moment, but know that I am available, day or night, if you want to discuss any of this now.
My best, and please travel safely…
The next day, Depp responded:
first, thank you for dealing and getting me through. secondly, i am doing my very best on holiday spending, but there is only so much i can do, as i need to give my kiddies and famille as good a Christmas as possible, obviously within reason. but, regarding the plane situation,., i don’t have all that many options at the moment. a commercial flight with paparazzis in tow would be a fucking nightmare of monumental proportions.
forget the dillinger auction. don’t need it.
know that i will be starting THE TOURIST, on or about the 15th of february; which will be 20 mil. i will then go, virtually, straight into PIRATCS 4, for 35 mil and then in turn to DARK SHADOWS for another 20 mil. i hope that by the amount that will be coming in from work in the coming year and also from back end proceeds, etc., will put everything straight.
what else can i do??? you want me to sell same art??? i will. you want me to sell something else??? sure… what??? boat is going to be chartered at new years and sony will then charter it for the TOURIST shoot in venice. other than that, i got bikes, cars, property, books, paintings and some semblance of a soul left, where would you like me to start???
i don’t like being in this situation, but there wasn’t a whole lot of choice, as THE RUM DIARY was a sacrifice we knew would be happening and the last proper paycheck was PUBLIC ENEMIES.
i will do my best, joel.
my love to you and yours=
“Depp should be compelled to produce broad discovery relating to his finances, including discovery in the possession of two of the most critical witnesses in the action — Bloom Hergott and UTA,” today’s motion reads. “Moreover, given [her] substantial involvement in Depp’s financial affairs, Depp’s attempt to limit discovery regarding his sister’s knowledge is absurd.”
Depp’s ex-business managers filed their countersuit on January 31, claiming the firm “did everything within its power over the last 17 years to protect Depp from himself and to keep Depp financially solvent.” It noted that the actor himself is to blame for his supposed financial woes, citing such extravagant spending as $3 million to shoot Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon a dozen years ago and the $2 million he spends monthly on expenses.
Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil Signs First-Look Deal With IM GlobalJohnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil has signed a first-look feature film deal with IM Global. The deal, which comes as Depp’s fifth installment of the Disney franchise Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales crossed the $600M global box office mark, was negotiated shortly before the Cannes Film Festival. The deal was done in tandem with IM Global’s commitment to finance and co-produce Depp’s next film, Richard Says Goodbye, the dramedy written and to be directed by Wayne Roberts (Katie Says Goodbye).
Production on that project is set to start this summer and is being produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik, and IM Global President of Production, Academy Award winner Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) with IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford and Depp on as executive producers.
Depp’s company is run by an executive team of Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Sam Sarkar and Stephen Deuters.
“Johnny is of course a globally recognized superstar but, as importantly, we at IM Global love Infinitum Nihil’s idiosyncratic and taste-driven view of the movie-making world and the unique brand that Johnny, Christi and their team have developed,” said Ford. “We’re building this relationship in order to generate great movies for the global audience with a like-minded creative partner, and with IM Global’s reputation as a company that has enjoyed frequent success greenlighting bold films outside of the confines of the major studio system I feel certain that our newly extended filmmaking partnership with Infinitum Nihil will be a fruitful one.”
IM Global’s relationship with Infinitum Nihil began last year when IM Global Television announced that it was developing a music-driven TV drama series about the legendary Muscle Shoals recording studio based on Rick Hall’s autobiography The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame with Infinitum Nihil as producers along with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced.
The IM Global first-look feature film deal was negotiated by Shapiro and Deborah Zipser, general counsel, on behalf of IM Global, and by CAA on behalf of Depp. CAA is also handling the domestic distribution rights to Richard Says Goodbye.
Johnny Depp Heads To GlastonburyJohnny Depp is headed to this year’s Glastonbury Festival where he’ll be the inaugural “Guest of Honour” at Cineramageddon, a new five day film fest set within the epic music event. Conceived and curated by director Julien Temple, Cineramageddon will screen films onto the biggest cinema screen in Britain with the audience seated in a post-apocalyptic drive-in auditorium featuring mutated British and American cars and repurposed funfair rides. Depp will introduce his personal choice of films – The Libertine, Dead Man and Withnail & I – that will be screening through the night on June 22 and will discuss selections in person with Temple.
Johnny Depp Blindsided by $40 Million in Loans Taken Out by Ex-Managers in His NameJohnny Depp had no idea his former management team used his assets to secure $40 million worth of loans to cover up years of mishandling his money ... according to new legal docs.
As we reported, Johnny is suing TMG, his ex-business managers, for fraud ... and he says the damage was astronomical. In docs, Johnny says TMG started taking out the loans in 2006. The largest was $22 mil from City National Bank ... and Depp says the real screwjob was using HIS properties as collateral.
Besides the loans, Depp says, in the suit, TMG played fast and loose with his cash ... including the time they forgot to cancel the lease on a hospice home for his ailing mother. He says that cost him $350k.
One of Johnny's neighbors might be thrilled with his managers though. In docs, he says TMG paid the neighbor $3,000 per month starting in April 2007 ... to resolve a property dispute. Depp's pissed they never lifted a finger to see if there was even a real issue, they just kept paying ... to the tune of $320k.
According to the docs, Johnny only discovered there was a problem when TMG told him in 2015 he would have to unload a chunk of his French property just to "remain solvent."
Depp's suing to get back at least $25 million from TMG.
Update: Attorney for TMG, Michael Kump, tells us, "Johnny Depp's outrageously false claim that he didn't know about $40 million in loans is beyond preposterous. Depp and his sister knew about each and every loan; Depp signed every document and spent all the loan proceeds.
"Tellingly, Depp is now seeking to prevent all discovery from Tracey Jacobs of UTA and Jake Bloom of Bloom Hergott. Depp knows that these two critical witnesses will fully support TMG’s case and reveal Depp for the extraordinary liar and spendthrift that he is. It is no mystery why Depp is trying so hard to prevent this core discovery."
Johnny Depp ally doesn’t really know him and lied on her résuméThe woman who sided with Johnny Depp in the actor’s long-running legal battle against his former managers lied on her résumé and exaggerated the extent that she knows the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor, court papers unsealed on Friday revealed.
Janine Rayburn, a former employee at The Management Group (TMG) turned possible whistleblower, has said the agency kept Depp in the dark about his alleged financial problems — and that the actor would have avoided getting into such financial straits if it had leveled with him.
But under questioning, Rayburn admits she doesn’t know Depp and only met him for two seconds at a holiday party, and therefore doesn’t know if he would have slowed his spending if TMG had alerted him.
Depp, who stars in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” owns 14 homes around the globe and allegedly spends $30,000 a month on wine as part of a posh lifestyle that became unsupportable.
TMG loaned Depp money to cover his costs, it said.
“You don’t know anything about him as a person, do you?” TMG’s lawyers asked her, according to the transcript of the deposition unsealed.
“I do not,” she replied.
“You don’t know whether or not he has a compulsion — compulsive spending habit, do you?”
“I do not,” she said.
After Depp sued TMG for $25 million, claiming the agency ripped him off, his ex-managers returned fire, denying the allegations and claiming Depp needs to see a shrink for a “compulsive spending” habit.
The woman, who worked at TMG for two years, provided some support to back up Depp’s contention that TMG cheated him. For example, she was asked to notarize a document that had Depp’s signature on it, without the actor being present.
“I said I didn’t feel comfortable doing it,” she said in the deposition. TMG lawyers claim there is no evidence to support her claim.
Depp’s lawyers want to amend their $25 million lawsuit to include Rayburn’s evidence. TMG is fighting the move, claiming she violated her nondisclosure agreement in talking to Depp’s legal eagles.
TMG also fought to keep the deposition under seal, saying Rayburn’s alleged lies could hurt its reputation.
Rayburn’s admission that she exaggerated her Depp relationship and lied on her résumé could undercut her credibility.
Adam Waldman, Depp’s lawyer who conducted the deposition, hit back on Friday, telling The Post that Rayburn managed Depp’s day-to-day affairs as an account manager.
“Having failed to conceal from the public whistleblower testimony that reveals some of the egregious misconduct [Joel] Mandel [a TMG partner, as is his brother Rob] asked her to commit on Mr. Depp’s account, the Mandels now predictably focus their efforts on smearing their former employee, just as they have attempted to smear Mr Depp.”
Depp’s lawyer continued: “The Mandels’ ‘everyone is lying’ defense in this fraud case is crumbling under the mounting body of evidence coming from multiple directions — whistleblowers, forensic accountants, lawyers and tax experts.”
The California celebrity management firm said in an e-mailed statement “Rayburn only worked at TMG for a brief time and was fired seven years ago. Rayburn fully admitted that she has no idea what conversations took place between Depp and TMG regarding Depp’s financial situation. We welcome the opportunity to further question Ms. Rayburn in court, exposing her many lies.”
In court documents filed on May 5, TMG lawyers suggest Rayburn lied “at least 12 times.”
In the deposition, Rayburn admitted that she doesn’t have a business degree from California State University, Northridge, something she fudged on her resume. She also admitted to a personal bankruptcy after her husband lost his job.
In unsealing the documents, the court judgment read: “It is not appropriate for the Court to seal any allegation that a party argues is false or misleading.”
Amber Heard sex scenes played role in Depp divorce: suit“Jealous” Johnny Depp demanded former wife Amber Heard turn her back on a film with racy nude scenes during their troubled marriage, a new lawsuit claims.
Producers for the unreleased Heard film, “London Fields,” claim it was Depp who pressured her to refuse to support it.
The producers are suing Heard for $10 million for allegedly refusing to promote the movie and “falsely” claiming “she had not contractually agreed to allow the use of nudity” in it.
Heard’s alleged in a countersuit that producers used a body double to shoot “pornographic” sex scenes and add them in.
In the producers’ response to Heard’s suit they claim, “Heard’s misconduct . . . might have resulted, at least in part, from her tumultuous relationship with Mr. Depp, which was ongoing during the filming of ‘London Fields.’ ”
And the producers believe, “The provocative nature of Heard’s femme fatale role in the film was a factor leading to her divorce from Depp.” They claim she had approved the sexy scenes but “reversed course, apparently under perceived or actual pressure from Depp (who, according to Heard, was extremely jealous).”
Depp also lashed out against Heard over her co-star in the film, Billy Bob Thornton, writing his name in blood on a mirror. The suit says, “Heard has made numerous fantastical accusations against Depp, and reports of her alleged affair with co-star [Thornton] became so pervasive that Thornton issued a public denial.”
Heard countersued producer Christopher Hanley and his wife, Roberta, alleging they used a body double for “an explicit pornographic sex scene.”
Her legal team said: “Desperate people say desperate things. The utter failure of ‘London Fields’ is due to only one reason: the producers themselves . . . Their nefarious moves included illegally adding pornographic scenes with a body double resembling Amber Heard and a striptease scene with the same body double — deceitful moves expressly barred by her contract.”
They added, “No respectable actor would promote this piece of garbage.”
Depp’s rep said: “The dispute between the producers and Amber Heard has nothing to do with Johnny Depp. We are informed that the producers have also been sued by the director and another producer. The statements about Johnny are ridiculous.”
Johnny Depp Continues ‘Pirates’ Surprise Tour, This Time At Disneyland ParisAfter his surprise visit to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland in California last month, Johnny Depp gave Disneyland Paris a jolt on Sunday as he disembarked in front of a galleon moored at the park’s Castle. Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (or Salazar’s Revenge as it’s known in some international markets) begins rollout on May 24, and there’s been no shortage of promotional events to go along with the fifth movie in the franchise.
On May 4, tracking had Dead Men Tell No Tales raking in as much as $100M over the domestic Memorial Day Weekend. It’s been six years since On Stranger Tides released in a similar corridor and went on to gross over $1B worldwide, $804M from international.
Disney is pulling out the stops to raise global awareness on the Joachim Rønning/Espen Sandberg-helmed pic. Last week, it had its world premiere amid much fanfare in Shanghai at Disney’s China resort. In Marne-la-Vallé outside Paris yesterday afternoon, Depp was joined by fellow cast members Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, the directors, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Depp was not in full regalia like he was in California, rather dancers and acrobats dressed as ghost pirates performed for the crowds.
This was all ahead of the film’s European premiere at Gaumont Disney Village, which was simulcast to a dozen IMAX theaters across the continent. Local celebrities including Cécile de France, Nagui, Maréva Galanter, Frank Gastambide, Malik Benthala and Eric Judor also attended as well as a host of influencers.
Johnny Depp To Be ‘King Of The Jungle’; IMR To Handle Foreign Sales At CannesJohnny Depp will star in King of the Jungle, with IMR International handling foreign sales at Cannes and CAA repping domestic rights. The dark comedy, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, is based on a Wired magazine story about tech magnate John McAfee.
King of the Jungle, from Condé Nast Entertainment, Zaftig Films, MadRiver Pictures, and Epic Entertainment, is based on Joshua Davis’ Wired article “John McAfee’s Last Stand” that chronicled the creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, made a fortune and then moved to the jungle in Belize.
“There, he set-up a Colonel Kurtz-like compound of guns, sex and madness,” says IMR.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will write the script, and the film will be produced by Condé Nast’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler; Zaftig’s Ficarra, Requa and Charlie Gogolak; and Epic’s Joshua Davis. MadRiver’s Marc Butan and Epic’s Joshuah Bearman will executive produce.
Depp is represented by CAA; Alexander and Karaszewski are represented by CAA and attorney Christine Cuddy; Requa and Ficarra are represented by CAA and attorney Jeff Frankel; Condé Nast Entertainment is represented by CAA and attorney Ziffren Brittenham; and Davis is represented by UTA and attorney Linda Lichter.
The film joins IMR’s Cannes lineup The Sisters Brothers, Freak Shift and Dumplin’.
Johnny Depp To Star In Wayne Roberts’ ‘Richard Says Goodbye’ For IM Global – CannesJohnny Depp is set to star in Richard Says Goodbye, a comedy-drama from writer-director Wayne Roberts (Katie Says Goodbye). Stuart Ford’s IM Global is fully financing the project and commencing international sales in Cannes this month on what is sure to be one of the hottest projects of the market. CAA is repping domestic rights.
Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, whose credits include Loving, Midnight Special and I Think We’re Alone Now, will produce with IM Global production head Greg Shapiro, the producer behind The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty.
Story sees Depp play Richard, a world-weary college professor who is given a life-changing diagnosis and then decides to throw all pretense and conventions to the wind and live his life as boldly and freely as possible. With a biting sense of humor, a reckless streak and a touch of madness, he binges through every vice: smoking, drinking, sex, and hurling blunt insults at anyone who annoys him, giving him more pleasure than he’s had in years.
This will be the second feature from Roberts, who wrote and directed 2016’s Katie Says Goodbye starring Olivia Cooke, Mireille Enos, Christopher Abbot, James Belushi and Mary Steenburgen. That film, which he wrote while still a student at NYU Tish School of the Arts (where he graduated magna cum laude, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and follows the story of a 17-year-old girl who turns to prostitution to fulfill her dream of a new life in San Francisco.
Depp will next hit screens with his return as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which bows in the U.S. on May 26. He also stars in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express for Fox alongside Penelope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer and Judi Dench among others. He is currently starring with Forest Whitaker in LAbyrinth, a thriller from Good Films about the attempt to solve the murders of hip hop icons Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
Depp is repped by CAA. Roberts is repped by CAA and Grandview.
Johnny Depp As Jack Sparrow Makes Surprise Appearance At Pirates Of the Caribbean Disneyland RideThe Pirates of the Caribbean Disney movie franchise originated with the popular Disneyland ride, which served as a basis for the first film. And today, a month before the U.S. release of the fifth installment in the franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, the films’ star Johnny Depp made a surprise visit to the place that started it all.
Depp, in full costume and makeup as his character, Captain Jack Sparrow, popped up in several places of The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Disneyland, California, to the delight of stunned riders. Dozens of them posted videos and photos of the marketing stunt on Twitter, which lit up social media late Wednesday. (you can watch two videos below) In the clips, Depp is seen interacting with the crowd as his popular alter ego.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will have its World Premiere at Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11, Disney announced last night. The event marks the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in Mainland China.
Johnny Depp’s managers think he’s a ‘habitual liar’Johnny Depp’s former business managers say the star “is a habitual liar who denies responsibility for his own outrageous conduct” and “has himself to blame for his financial woes.”
The statement from Management Group spokesman David Shane is the latest volley in a public battle between the actor and his one-time management team.
Depp sued the Management Group and attorneys in January for more than $25 million, charging fraud and negligence. The Management Group countersued, saying Depp spent lavishly on homes, private jets, art and memorabilia in spite of its warnings.
In comments to the Wall Street Journal for a story published Wednesday, he questioned why he wasn’t dropped as a client by his managers.
Shane responded by saying Depp was “involved in every significant business decision during the 17 years TMG represented him.”
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ To World Premiere In ShanghaiPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will have its swashbuckling World Premiere at Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11, Disney announced tonight. The event marks the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in Mainland China.
Expected to attend the shindig are stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The screening for the fantasy action film will take place in the Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown.
Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and follows Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) as he searches to find the Trident of Poseidon, while Captain Salazar (Bardem) focuses on eliminating as many pirates as possible.
The movie was screened last month at CinemaCon, where it received generally positive reviews. The previous film, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, grossed over $1 billion globally.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released on May 26.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Promo: Orlando Bloom Returns As Will Turner(Promo) Will Turner is back in the latest promo for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Returning to the franchise since the third film, At World’s End, Orlando Bloom reprises his role as Captain of the Flying Dutchman. The last time audiences saw Turner was when his heart was carved out and placed in the Dead Man’s Chest, forcing him to take over Davy Jones’ post as captain. The ship is only allowed to venture ashore once every ten years.
Dead Men Tell No Tales follows Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches to find the Trident of Poseidon, while Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) focuses on eliminating as many pirates as possible. Geoffrey Rush reprises his role as Captain Barbossa, Kevin McNally as Gibbs, and Stephen Graham as Scrum. Kaya Scodelario and Brenthon Thwaites also co-star.
The fifth installment of the Pirates franchise is co-directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr. and Brigham Taylor. Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arrives in theaters on May 26. Check out the latest promo above.
‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Trailer: Jack Sparrow Battles His Past & Ghost Sharks(Trailer) Disney has dropped the new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, giving viewers a look at the return of swashbuckling hero Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) and its new villain, Captain Salazer (Javier Bardem). And it looks like Jack and his new crew, Carina (Kaya Scodelario) and Henry (Brenthon Thwaites) have their work cut out for them. Not only will they have to face Salazer, who is hellbent on catching Sparrow, a man from his past, but they’re also up against his entire band of ghost sailors who have escaped the Devil’s Triangle to murder all the pirates at sea.
But wait, there’s more – ghost sharks. Oh yes, ghost sharks.
Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg co-direct and Geoffrey Rush also stars. Disney is releasing the fifth instalment of the Pirates franchise on May 26, 2017. Check out the new trailer above.
Johnny Depp parties at Madonna’s exclusive post-Oscars bashHollywood recluse Johnny Depp was a surprise guest at Madonna’s ultra-exclusive after-party.
Sources tell us Depp — who has been lying low after his bruising divorce from Amber Heardfollowed by his headline-making legal battle with his business managers — showed up at Madonna’s party, thrown with her manager Guy Oseary at his Hollywood home.
A source told us, “Johnny actually looked great. He looked well and relaxed. People were happy to see him. This is the hardest Oscar invitation to get, there was no media invited and the stars really kicked off their shoes and danced.”
Madge got the crowd going with salsa dancing.
Guests included Leo DiCaprio, who was introducing model Nina Agdal to other partygoers as “my girlfriend,” Katy Perry and boyfriend Orlando Bloom, Lana Del Rey, Jon Hamm, Ed Norton, Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips.
Johnny Depp Says Ex-Managers Suing Him Is a Joke, IRS Docs Prove ItJohnny Depp's ex-managers have a collective brass pair for suing him ... according to Johnny who says he has massive tax receipts to prove how much they screwed him.
Depp and his old management firm, TMG, are locked in a huge legal battle -- first, Johnny said they defrauded him out of $25 million and then TMG filed a countersuit against him. But in new docs, Johnny says it's laughable they'd try to sue him.
According to the docs, Johnny says TMG cost him more than $6 million in fines and penalties to the IRS from 2000 to 2015. He says the firm also dropped a seven-figure screw job on him for his California state taxes. To be clear, Depp's already paid the penalties, but he ain't happy about it.
Depp says his new management discovered TMG's "negligence and misconduct" in 2016 -- it's one of the reasons he originally filed his fraud lawsuit last month.
He's submitting the proof of bad performance to convince a judge to toss TMG's suit against him.
Johnny Depp is so broke he had to fire his agentJohnny Depp is in such financial turmoil that he fired his longtime Hollywood agent, saying he couldn’t pay her any more commissions on his movie deals, and made a deal with a rival agency.
Last October, Depp walked away from UTA’s Tracey Jacobs, the famed agent who in 1988 took him from TV’s “21 Jump Street” and made him into an international movie superstar.
A Hollywood source said, “Depp told Jacobs and UTA he no longer wanted to pay their commissions. But they pushed back.” So the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star jumped ship to CAA, which gave him a sweeter deal.
About CAA’s lower commissions, another source said, “They don’t do blue-light specials.” But as far as Depp’s finances, the agency was “sensitive to it when he signed.” On Depp leaving UTA, the insider added, “He was with Tracey Jacobs for a gajillion years — their relationship had run its course. He was looking for a change.” CAA and UTA declined to comment.
Last week, it was revealed in documents filed by Depp’s business managers that he spends an astonishing $2 million a month. Among the examples of his excess were $75 million spent on 14 homes, $18 million on a luxury yacht, and $30,000 per month on wine. Plus, he blew $3 million on shooting the ashes of his hero, author Hunter S. Thompson, out of a cannon over Aspen, Colo. The claims were made in a countersuit filed by The Management Group, who acted as Depp’s legal, tax and accounting advisers from 1999 until he fired them last year. Depp sued TMG in January, claiming they collected $28 million in fees he never agreed to and tried to foreclose on his home.
TMG insists they handled his money responsibly, warned him he was overspending, and “Depp, and Depp alone, is fully responsible for any financial turmoil he finds himself in today,” said TMG’s attorney Michael Kump in the cross-complaint.
On Thursday, Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman said in a statement that TMG had “chosen to employ a reprehensible ‘blame the victim’ strategy in a transparent attempt to .?.?. deflect away from their malfeasance.”
Depp’s rep didn’t get back to us.
‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Invades Super Bowl With Johnny Depp(Video, Poster) Disney was mum all week about what they would air during the Super Bowl today, and astute folks had a sense it would be a brand new look at Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The last trailer that dropped for the fifth title in Disney’s mega-franchise didn’t show Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow, but he arrived in full for today’s new spot. “A pirate’s life…” he says.
Javier Bardem joins the action for this one, along with returning regulars Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush.
Dead Men Tell No Tales opens on Memorial Day weekend, May 26.
Johnny Depp’s Ex-Biz Managers Hit Back At “Absurd & False” $25M Fraud LawsuitThey said they were going to do it when the Pirates of the Caribbean actor sued them for fraud in a $25 million lawsuit earlier this month and today Johnny Depp’s former long time business managers The Mandel Company hit back at the Oscar nominee – with a cross-complaint of fraud and more of their own.
“TMG did everything within its power over the last 17 years to protect Depp from himself and to keep Depp financially solvent,” states the jury trial seeking cross-complaint filed Tuesday in L.A. Superior Court by Michael Kump and Susan Macisaac of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP (read it here). “However, ultimately TMG did not have the power or ability to control Depp’s spending or his numerous other vices, or to force Depp to make wiser financial decisions.”
“In his complaint, Depp claims that throughout his 17-year relationship with TMG, he was kept ignorant about his financial condition,” the filing asserts of the often repeated Hollywood star situation of mo’ money, mo’ problems. “That allegation is absurd and untrue,” the cross-complaint states. The six-claim filing essentially seeks more than $560,000 in unpaid commissions and credit card fees and, in a effort to cut short the actor’s big bucks lawsuit against TMG, a court declaration that The Mandel Company “complied with all of its fiduciary obligations under the law and that Depp is responsible for his own financial waste.”
In his January 13 complaint, the Sweeney Todd actor and Hollywood Vampires guitarist alleges that TMG took him to the cleaners for tens of millions due to “gross mismanagement and sometimes outright fraud.” The filing by the actor and fellow plaintiff Edward L. White as trustees of the Mooh Investment Trust also claimed that TMG paid itself more than $28 million in contingency fees without a written agreement but failed to pay or file his taxes in time leading to big penalties and loaned millions to third parties without his consent, among other mishandling of the actor’s money
TMG says, no way Captain Jack.
“Depp further alleges in his complaint that he only learned about his financial problems in March 2016 when he hired Edward White of Edward White & Co., LLP in Woodland Hills, California,” the paperwork asserts of the timeline of events in this age old Hollywood tale of mo’ money, mo’ problems. “This charge is also false.”
“For years, TMG repeatedly informed Depp and Dembrowski and personal lawyer Jake Bloom, that Depp was living beyond his means, and urged him to spend less and to sell certain expensive but unnecessary assets to repay loans and pay his taxes and living expenses,” the filing notes of the actor, his sister/personal manager Elisa Christie Dembrowski and Depp’s own lawyer.
While it doesn’t go into how much the often well turned out actor spent on bandanas and hats, there’s apparently few other rocks unturned in the return salvo in this legal battle, the 31-page counter-suit is filled with multiple tales of “come to Jesus” meetings and potential solutions over Depp’s excessive and seemingly chaotic finances. For instance, his former agency UTA is revealed as having helped the actor borrow money from Bank of America in 20915 and others over the years, blunted attempts to sell property to meet obligations and there was an unheeded warning to get a prenup to his now dissolved marriage to Amber Heard, which ended in a multi-million dollar settlement in the summer of 2016 after a potential nasty public court face-off.
Adding to the un-balanced sheet, there’s the more than “$75 million to acquire, improve and furnish 14 residences” around the world, $3 million to shoot Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon when the infamous writer died in 2005, full time personal security and “45 luxury cars.” Then there’s more with the likes of a vanity record label, $10 million a year to support an entourage of friends,family and personal employees, fine wines flown in from around the world at a cost of $30,000 a month, “millions to acquire and maintain a massive and extremely expensive art collection including over 200 collectible pieces and works by world famous artists such as Warhol, Klimt, Basquiat, and Modigliani,” and reports of loans from Disney, with up to 10% interest.
“I am ready to face the music, in whatever way I must,” the cross-complaint proclaims Depp said in a text sent in October 2015 to a Mandel principal, with a $5 million loan from TMG itself allegedly hanging over his head too in a separate and still ongoing non-judicial foreclosure. “I know there’s a way to dig ourselves out of this hole and I am bound and determined to do it,” they claim Depp’s texted them. The business managers say this way out eventually became suing them to avoid the real costs, so to speak.
“Over 30-years, TMG has never been sued by a client,” Kump told Deadline today on behalf of the well-known and widely used firm. “The only reason Depp filed this lawsuit was to interfere with TMG’s ongoing efforts to be repaid on the loan they had made to bail him out,” the attorney also said. “TMG worked day and night to professionally manage Depp’s business affairs, adhering to the highest standards.”
In the filing Tuesday, Kump and Macisaac names Depp and White personally, limited partnership Edward White & Co., LLP, L.R.D. Productions, Inc and Scaramanga Bros. Inc., plus others as the defendants in this case.
The now-CAA represented Depp is having this matter handled by a team of lawyers at at L.A-based firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLC.
Johnny Depp Thanks Fans Who ‘Stood By Me, Trusted Me’ at 2017 People’s Choice AwardsJohnny Depp thanked fans for their support in a speech at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night – just days after finalizing his tempestuous divorce from wife Amber Heard.
While accepting the favorite movie icon award at the show’s close, Depp told the audience, “I came here for one reason tonight and one reason only. I came here for you, the people, who through whatever good times or bad, you know, have stood by me, trusted me. Thank you.”
He added, “You’ve very, very graciously invited me here tonight. I appreciate that very much – you have no idea how much I appreciate it.”
Depp, 53, was wed to Heard for 15 months before she filed for divorce last May and accused him of prolonged domestic abuse.
The divorce was finally settled on Jan. 13, with a Los Angeles judge finalizing the pair’s previously agreed upon $7 million divorce settlement, which was to be donated to charity.
The judge had denied Depp’s request to impose a $100,000 sanction on Heard for allegedly delaying the proceeding. Depp will also pay $500,000 toward Heard’s legal fees, according to court papers.
“I was very deeply affected by the kindness of your recognition and by the well wishes to my family and to myself, which is why it’s especially meaningful to me to be here in front of you and say thank you,” Depp said during his Wednesday speech,”and tell you that I truly feel that need to thank you because in all honesty we all know that none of us, especially me, wouldn’t be standing up here if it wasn’t for you tonight.”
He ended the show with a call-out to his late mother – who died in May 2015 – saying, “Give ’em hell, Betty Sue!”
Earlier on Wednesday, Depp was spotted on the set of his upcoming film Labyrinth in Los Angeles. The actor is sporting a new mustache for his role as a detective who investigates the Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. murders.
Heard also stepped out following the divorce finalization, grabbing a meal with friends in Los Angeles on Sunday.
People's Choice Awards 2017 WinnersFavorite Movie Icon: Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp Sues Business Managers For $25M Over FraudLike many an actor before him, Johnny Depp believes he has been swindled in the Hollywood accounting shell game — by his own business managers and lawyers. In a lawsuit filed today, the Pirates Of The Caribbean star is going after The Management Group for more than $25 million in a jury-seeking suit alleging fraud and several other claims.
“As a result of years of gross mismanagement and sometimes outright fraud, Mr. Depp lost tens of millions of dollars and has been forced to dispose of significant assets to pay for TMG’s self-dealing and gross misconduct,” reads the 52-page complaint (read it here) filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by the actor and fellow Plaintiff Edward L. White as trustees of the Mooh Investment Trust.
The lawsuit alleges 11 complaints ranging from fraud to breach of contract to professional negligence. It claims TMG paid itself more than $28 million in contingency fees without a written agreement; failed to file or pay his taxes on time, resulting in more than $5.6 million in fees and penalties on his federal returns; and “loaning” nearly $10 million to third parties without Depp’s authorization or proper documentation.
“In essence, TMG treated Mr. Depp’s income as their own, available to either TMG or third parties to draw upon as desired,” read the complaint filed by attorneys at Los Angeles-based Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLC.
“TMG’s gross mismanagement and fraud remained undetected as TMG borrowed millions of dollars to survive from movie-to-movie,” add the filing.
“It was only recently, when Mr. Depp terminated TMG and hired new business management and accounting services, when Mr. Depp learned the gravity of his financial losses and some, but surely not all, of the underlying facts,” the complain states bluntly, also adding that the management firm is seeking foreclosure on Depp’s primary home through a loan the actor says came from TMG’s own self-dealing.
In addition to the more than $25 million sought in compensatory damages, the suit asks for a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction enjoining the Defendants from proceeding with the foreclosure on the home.
Depp, recently in the courts for his high-profile divorce from Amber Heard last summer, is plenty busy. He recently shot Open Road’s cop drama LAbyrinth, joined 20th Century Fox’s Murder On The Orient Express, and will co-star in Warner Bros’ follow-up to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Of course, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales bows worldwide May 26.
He also in the fall signed with CAA after a three-decade run at UTA.
Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Divide All the Goodies in DivorceJohnny Depp gave Amber Heard more than $7 million in their divorce settlement ... she also gets doggies Pistol and Boo, Arrow the horse and a Mustang (Ford, that is).
Don't feel too sorry for Johnny. He keeps all of his properties, scattered all over the globe ... L.A., Colorado, Kentucky, the Bahamas and France. He also gets to keep his 42 vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, boats and golf carts.
As for the $7 mil, Johnny has already paid $200k. He owes $1 million more 3 days from Friday. He'll owe another mil next month, another mil in May, and still another mil in August. And then there's $500k in August and finally $2.3 mil in February 2018.
And that's all she wrote.
Amber Heard, Johnny Depp Divorce Final, FinallyJohnny Depp and Amber Heard will be single before dinnertime, because the judge is about to seal the deal and make their divorce final.
Amber was trying to delay the final divorce so she could take Johnny's deposition, but the judge turned thumbs down in a hearing Friday, saying enough was enough.
TMZ broke the story ... Johnny had agreed to pay Amber $7 million to settle the divorce, but Amber attempted to renegotiate the settlement. The judge ruled the $7 mil settlement stood, and that's what she'll get.
Johnny's lawyers asked the judge to impose a $100k sanction on Amber for delaying the proceeding, but the judge rejected that. She wanted Johnny to pay her attorney's fees but the judge said each should foot their own bills.
Amber Heard Responds to Johnny Depp's Request for Monetary Sanctions: I Want My Life BackAmber Heard is responding to Johnny Depp after the actor requested $100,000 in court sanctions from his ex.
In official documents obtained by E! News, the Justice League star assured the court that she has been committed to a quick resolution of her divorce. But according to the actress, "Johnny and his counsel seem to wish to prolong this proceeding as a means of punishing me."
"I am now told that Johnny is taking outrageous steps of seeking legal fees from me because I have asked the court to enforce the settlement agreement that we reached four months ago," she wrote. "I am told that Johnny somehow claims I am the one who is delaying settlement rather than the other way around. These claims are contemptible and shocking."
Amber added, "Johnny has delayed the resolutions of this matter. I want my life back. I want to be divorced from Johnny now."
Back in December, Johnny's team filed court documents alleging that Amber "continues to needless litigate a case which has been settled, all while parading in front of the media in a desperate attempt to extend her fifteen minutes of fame."
In the event that Amber fails to contribute $100,000 to Johnny's attorney's fees and costs as sanctions, Johnny asked that he be allowed to deduct the same from his next equalization payment.
Amber's attorney would later tell E! News that the move was "another lame attempt by Mr. Depp and his team to not pay my client the money she is owed."
Back in August, the former couple agreed to a $7 million settlement, all of which would be donated by Johnny to the ACLA and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, per Amber's request.
In the midst of her divorce drama, Amber was able to step out at The Art of Elysium presents Stevie Wonder's HEAVEN event at Red Studios in Los Angeles this weekend. She also attended W magazine's It Girls Luncheon.
Johnny Depp Tells Judge Amber Heard Just Wants Her 15 MinutesJohnny Depp is scoffing at Amber Heard's attempt to get more from him than they agreed in their divorce settlement, and he's telling the judge she just wants to stay relevant and sway public opinion.
Johnny filed legal docs saying a deal is a deal, and they already agreed on the $7 million settlement months ago. Amber recently filed legal docs asking for more, but Johnny says that ship has sailed.
Johnny's lawyer, Laura Wasser, says Amber's move is "a blatant attempt to extend her fifteen minutes of fame" and "an embarrassing grab for additional and unwarranted attorney's fees." Amber is also asking to reopen the $7 million settlement.
Amber Heard's Legal Team Fights Back as Johnny Depp Refuses to Finalize $7 Million Divorce SettlementJohnny Depp and Amber Heard have reached a speed bump in their ongoing divorce saga.
Back in August, the former couple agreed to a $7 million settlement, all of which would be donated by Depp to the ACLU and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, per Heard's request. But now, in legal documents obtained by E! News, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor seems to be pushing back against finalizing the agreement.
Amber's legal team filed a Request for Order with the Los Angeles Superior Court in hopes of imposing the settlement and expediting Depp's payment. Attorney fees and costs up to $35,435 are also being requested.
Additionally, the actress' attorneys claim Depp has failed to comply with the court-allotted timeline of various mandates, including the division of personal property, shipping her belonging from his private island in the Bahamas, transferring a Range Rover into Heard's name and Depp's outstanding debts incurred from cars, Neil Lane jewelry and stylist fees.
In a declaration written by Heard and included in the documents, she makes a number of less-than flattering claims about her ex-husband and alleges that he broke the agreement by paying the initial $200,000 donation to the charities as opposed to Amber directly.
"Instead, when Johnny learned that I planned to donate my entire marital settlement to charities, Johnny purported to satisfy his obligation to pay me by supposedly paying the charities I selected instead of me," she writes.
Heard continues, "He also claimed that I violated the confidentiality provisions of the [Deal Point Memorandum] by announcing that I was donating my settlement to charities. In fact, I made those donations in good faith and I was responding to the leaks by Johnny's agents bragging that I had settled for substantially less than a reported, earlier offered sum and attempting to label me a gold digger."
The 30-year-old also refers to many tabloid stories she believes were planted by the actor's team and are defamatory in nature, thus violating the exes' DPM.
Since Amber and Johnny's year-long marriage came to an end in May of this year, the actress has stayed mostly quiet about the domestic abuse allegations she made against the 53-year-old until very recently.
In late November, Heard teamed up with the #GirlGaze Project to create an emotionally-charged PSA, in which she fights back tears while discussing her connection to the topic. Then earlier this week, she penned a moving essay for Porter magazine urging victims of abuse to speak out against their attackers.
"You are not alone. You may have suffered alone behind closed doors, but you are not alone. You need to know that. I want to remind you of your strength, a strength that has been multiplied by the number of women who stand silently behind you—a truth that allowed me to break down the doors I once found myself behind," she wrote.
Amber does not refer to Johnny by his name in either piece.
Johnny Depp spotted looking ‘depressed and lonely’Divorce seems to have hit Johnny Depp hard.
The brooding actor, who has just gone through a difficult divorce with Amber Heard, was spotted at Hollywood hot spot the Sunset Tower Hotel on Friday.
A fellow patron tells us, “He was alone, but with two bodyguards, sitting out by the pool, looking depressed and lonely, smoking a cigar.”
Depp was just named the most overpaid actor in Hollywood for the second year running by Forbes, based on his box-office returns.
Johnny Depp, Sam Raimi & Others Contribute To Film By 16-Year Old Cancer PatientA group of A-list talent came together in November to help 16-year old cancer patient Anthony Jonathan Conti fulfill his dream of writing and starring in his own film. Johnny Depp, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, Penelope Ann Miller, Chad Coleman, and Richard Chamberlain were joined by David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, Theodore Melfi, Sam Raimi, Peter Farrelly, and Sean Furst for The Black Ghiandola, a post-apocalyptic zombie story about a young man whose family has been killed, who risks his life to save a young girl he has grown to love. Filming took place November 18-20.
Conti, diagnosed this summer with stage 4 Adrenal Cortical Cancer, stars in and co-wrote the film with Scott Kosar (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), with additional writing by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice). The production was made possible by the Make A Film Foundation, a nonprofit established in 2007 that helps children enduring serious or life-threatening medical conditions to create short film legacies by teaming them with industry professionals who volunteer their time.
Rami, Hardwicke, and Melfi contributed as directors, with Farrelly and Furst serving as supervising producers. Hollywood Make A Film Foundation founder Tamika Lamison produced alongside Adele Rene and Bettina Fisher.
Along with Anthony’s father and grandmother, other contributions to the project were made by Teamsters Local 399 drivers, Star Waggons, Wooden Nickel, Panavision, AMPAS, AMC, The Walking Dead, L.A. Grips, Plan U Prods., St. Joseph’s Hospital, Big Sky Ranch, Friar Tux, Nature’s Bakery, Gala Minasova’s Picture Car, Western Costumes, Essential Water, Cinepower & Light, Avon, Galpin, Quixote Rentals, Zio Rentals, Durable Medical Equipment Aid Society, Enterprise, Alex’s Catering, Skye Props, Boston Mass General, Bear Creek Restrooms, Ruskin School of Acting, Constantine FX, Bloodlust Unlimited, MovieInsure, Domino’s, Starbucks, and Warner Bros.
Further information is available at the official site.
Johnny Depp Divorce -- Amber's Getting $6.8 Mil, She'll Donate It ... EventuallyJohnny Depp and Amber Heard finally hammered out their divorce settlement, and the charities she promised to fund will get their cash ... with a slight delay.
Sources connected to the exes tell us Johnny will pay Amber $6.8 million -- that's the $7 mil originally agreed upon, minus the $200k he already donated to the ACLU and Children's Hospital L.A. in her name. We're told she'll get all the money within about 12 months.
Amber will then follow through on her vow to donate ALL of her settlement dough. We're told she'll make multiple payments to CHLA and the ACLU ... with the plan being to pay the full amount by the end of 2018.
Sources not connected with Amber are scoffing, saying they don't think the charities will ever get the money.
Bottom line -- Johnny will get a charitable tax write-off for $200k, Amber will write-off her $6.8 mil worth of donations ... and they can both put the nightmare marriage and divorce behind them.
People’s Choice Awards Nominees SetHere’s another election America must undertake: Voting opens today for the People’s Choice Awards 2017. Nominees were unveiled this morning at Paley Center in Los Angeles, with online voting set to run through December 15 and winners announced during a ceremony January 18 at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS.
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Johnny Depp To Co-Star In J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel At Warner BrosJohnny Depp is joining the cast of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, playing a co-starring role in the sequel which David Yates will direct early next year with Eddie Redmayne again in the lead role of Newt Scamander. I’ve confirmed this, but no one is saying exactly what role that Depp will play. But I believe that if you look carefully, you might spot him in a tiny turn in the first installment of the J.K. Rowling-created Harry Potter spinoff, which Warner Bros opens November 18. We’ll just have to wait and see how Depp complements the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards, 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Depp films the sequel and becomes part of the universe after he completes another ensemble, the Kenneth Branagh-directed Fox whodunit Murder On The Orient Express. This would come before Depp takes roles in Labryinth, the drama about the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, and before he stars as The Invisible Man. Depp, who was still at UTA when this was orchestrated, just recently moved to CAA.
CAA Signs Johnny Depp, Ending Long Run At UTAJohnny Depp has signed with CAA, the agency announced this morning. This is a shocker, and an exceptional development on multiple levels starting with the fact that stars long tenured with one agency, who’ve carried billion-dollar franchises, don’t often move. Some will simply read this as a big “get” for CAA in a continuing rivalry with UTA that ratcheted up last year when nearly a dozen CAA agents jumped to UTA and took clients including Will Ferrell and rising star Chris Pratt. Others will see this as a star in a crisis moment making a course change after recent movies didn’t work, and a loud marital breakup cast him in an unflattering light in the tabloid cross hairs.
Others who follow the dynamic between talent and reps will focus on the end of one of the most enduring relationships between an agent and a movie star. That would be the three-decade collaboration between Depp and his UTA agent Tracey Jacobs, who signed Depp after watching his heartthrob turn as baby-faced undercover cop Tom Hanson on the Fox series 21 Jump Street. Together, they transitioned Depp into a globally bankable movie star whose films have collectively grossed more than $7 billion. She was a ferocious advocate for Depp and they were indelibly linked, down to the gold plaque bearing her name that Depp displayed in a prime booth at The Viper Room, when he was part-owner of the Sunset Strip nightspot.
His ascension to stardom was a neat trick in that Depp didn’t do it like most big stars, who played variations of the branded persona their audiences wanted to see. Depp brought an art house sensibility to mainstream movies, and he was willing to go all in to disappear into eccentric and distinctive characters, some inspired by influences in his life. That worked to the maximum effect when, much to the initial trepidation of Disney, he channeled Keith Richards into the ghostly, tipsy buccaneer Jack Sparrow in the multi-billion-dollar global grossing Pirates Of The Caribbean series. Less effective was the channeling of his gonzo journalist pal Hunter S. Thompson in the films The Rum Diary and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. Along the way were lauded performances in dramas like Donnie Brasco, Blow and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and audaciously daring turns with director Tim Burton that included Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Alice In Wonderland. He was thrice nominated for Oscars, for Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, Finding Neverland and Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl.
Unfortunately, taking the risky road hasn’t been as kind to Depp in recent years. He has starred in numerous movies that were expensive and either under-performed or flat-out flopped. An expected return to Oscar form in Black Mass as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger didn’t resonate as strongly as was hoped. The failures that pleased neither audiences nor critics included Mortdecai, Transcendence, The Lone Ranger, and Alice Through The Looking Glass, the sequel to the billion-dollar grossing Burton-directed Alice In Wonderland (James Bobin directed the reprise). The last two were particular troubling: Disney famously put the brakes on The Lone Ranger to bring down the budget, but it still cost a reported $215 million and only grossed $265 million worldwide; the Alice sequel cost a reported $170 million and grossed $299 million worldwide, far from its predecessor. Another Burton collaboration, Dark Shadows, grossed $245 but cost a reported $150 million.
Adding to those woes was an image hit to a notoriously private actor when when the he-said she-said ugly breakup of his marriage to actress Amber Heard exploded in the press. UTA wouldn’t comment on why Depp left, but historically, this kind of perfect storm of uncertainty creates insecurity for artists, and makes them vulnerable to other agencies that court stars on Depp’s level. CAA has fixated on Depp for a long time; after vacillating for the past week, he finally made the jump late last night.
“We had a great 30-year run with Johnny and we wish him well,” said a UTA spokesman this morning.
Depp’s signing is a coup for CAA because in an age where the star system has been de-emphasized by studios in favor of brands and concepts, stars who’ve registered strongly on a global scale like Depp are few and far between. The onus on CAA will be to rebuild his standing with big hits. The pieces are already in place for a potential second wind for the actor, and those commissions will stay with UTA. Depp reprises Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales next summer, and he is booked to play the iconic lead character in The Invisible Man, one of the linchpins in Universal’s plan to build new franchises from its classic movie monster library. He also recently signed on to star in Fox’s Murder On The Orient Express, a Kenneth Branagh-directed revival of the Agatha Christie whodunit that also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Judi Dench. He also stars in Labyrinth, the Open Road drama that explores the murders of hip-hop stars Tupac Shaur and Notorious B.I.G.
Depp continues to be managed by Christi Dembrowski, his sister and producing partner in Infinitum Nihil, and he’s lawyered by Jacob A. Bloom at Bloom Hergott.
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Johnny Depp To Star in ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ At FoxAn all-star cast, led by Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley, is joining director Kenneth Branagh on 20th Century Fox’s new feature film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed mystery Murder on the Orient Express, it was announced today by TCF president Emma Watts.
In addition to directing the film, Branagh, a five-time Academy Award®-nominee, will star as detective Hercule Poirot. Depp portrays Ratchett; Pfeiffer is Mrs. Hubbard and Ridley plays Mary Debenham.
Oscar winner Judi Dench portrays Princess Dragomiroff, while Lucy Boynton is Countess Andrenyi. Tom Bateman plays Bouc, acclaimed stage actor and Tony winner Derek Jacobi portrays Masterman, Michael Pena is Marquez, and Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. plays Doctor Arbuthnot. The ensemble is nearly complete, but there are still a few key roles left to cast.
Murder on the Orient Express begins production in November, in London.
Commented Kenneth Branagh: “Christie’s ‘Murder’ is mysterious, compelling and unsettling. I’m honoured to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience”.
Ridley Scott (The Martian), Simon Kinberg (The Martian, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs) and Branagh will produce the film. Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood and Judy Hofflund will also produce. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) wrote the screenplay, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.
Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, is considered one of the most ingenious stories ever devised. It revolves around a murder onboard the famous train, and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case – but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer.
James Prichard and Hilary Strong, both of Agatha Christie Ltd., will executive produce.
Prichard commented: “It is always thrilling for us to see the stellar casting that Agatha Christie film adaptations attract. It is fantastic to have Kenneth Branagh at the helm of this new adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express and we are extremely excited about the cast he is bringing aboard”
KORN, HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, SAMMY HAGAR To Perform At 'Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding'KORN and HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES will perform at the 15th annual Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding, set to take place Saturday, December 3 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Also scheduled to appear are GIN BLOSSOMS, Sammy Hagar, Las Vegas illusionist and magician Murray SawChuck and the winners of this year's Proof Is In The Pudding musical talent search.
Tickets are $120-$225, with VIP tickets starting at $650. They go on sale on Friday, September 30 at 10 a.m.
Proceeds from the event will once again benefit Cooper's Solid Rock Teen Center, whose mission is to "allow teens to build confidence and discover their passion through music, dance, self-expression and creativity" in a "creative sanctuary for troubled teens."
Cooper explained his vision for the center in an interview with AZCentral.com: "You get 100 kids in there, that's 100 kids off the street that aren't being influenced by drugs or gangs or guns, you know? If you take one kid that was gonna be in jail or in a gang or dead and he's playing guitar now in a band? You don't just change that kid. You change that neighborhood. Those neighborhoods know everybody. All of the sudden, here's a kid that's not going the route he's supposed to go. He's in a band. He's coming to this place. And I think they actually look up to that kid. Because he's broken the chain."
The Solid Rock Teen Center, built in partnership with Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation and Genesis Church, opened in 2012 after more than a decade of Cooper raising funds to build it with his annual Christmas Pudding concert.
Johnny Depp Circling ‘LAbyrinth’ To Play LAPD Detective Russell PooleJohnny Depp is circling Labyrinth, a project where he would play the play the controversial LAPD homicide detective Russell Poole who investigated the deaths of both Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. However, sources said that he is looking at a number of projects rights now. This one, via Good Universe with Brad Furman attached to direct, would go in November and there is a script adaptation by Christian Contreras, but no deal in place with Depp as of yet. LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal was written by Randall Smith who recounts Russell Poole’s investigation and the discovery of the relationships between members of the LAPD and Death Row Records. Many people have discounted Poole’s allegations. The retired cop died last year. Depp is also attached to The Invisible Man at Universal. The Pirates of the Caribbean star also has another installment of the wildly popular films on the horizon — Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales which Disney will release Memorial Day next year as one of its tentpoles.
Marilyn Manson Says Johnny Depp Was 'Unjustly Crucified' in DivorceMarilyn Manson is coming to the defense of his longtime pal Johnny Depp following abuse allegations from his now ex-wife Amber Heard.
In a teaser released for an interview with the Daily Beast, Manson reveals how close he is with the actor.
"Lily-Rose is my goddaughter and I was there when [his son] Jack was born, so we go back," said Manson. "Johnny is one of the nicest people that I know – to the extent where it's almost heartbreaking how kind he is to his friends, and everyone around him. I know that he was completely crucified – unjustly.
"I would stand by him on anything," Manson continued. "As my friend, I know that he's handling it the best he can and he's a great dad, too. It fills me with joy to see his kids grow up and be so smart, and so hilarious. We played a show together not too long ago. It's hard to say when you talk about your friends. Of course I think that all of it was bullshit, and I think that he is a great person. I wouldn't agree with any of it if someone were to put me on the stand and ask me what I know, or what I've witnessed."
Heard, 30, was granted a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband in May after claiming Depp, 53, abused her during their relationship. She filed the request shortly after filing for divorce from the actor after 15 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
In her court filing accusing Depp of domestic violence, Heard stated "there was one severe incident in December 2015 when I truly feared for my life." Depp's divorce attorney previously said in response to Heard's request for a protective order that "Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."
No criminal charges were ever brought against Depp and a judge dismissed the restraining order and the domestic violence case against the actor after the former couple agreed on a settlement deal.
"Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love," the pair said in a joint statement to PEOPLE following their settlement. "Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity."
Johnny Depp & Amber Heard In New Dispute Over $7M Divorce SettlementAt this stage, you could call the latest legal brouhaha between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard – Settlement: The Reckoning. A week after Heard announced she was donating to charity the $7 million she received in the August 16 divorce settlement between the two of them, the divorcing Pirates of the Caribbean actor and Justice League actress are now at loggerheads about how that money should be paid out and even how much.
“Amber Heard appreciates Johnny Depp’s novel interest in supporting two of her favorite charities, the ACLU for domestic violence and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles,” said a statement from Heard’s camp today ‘This is great and unexpected news.”
“However, if Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honor the full amount by donating $14M to charity, which, after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7M payment obligation to Amber,” the statement adds of the organization which Heard has long supported and, in the case of the Children’s Hospital, even volunteered at for a decade. “We would also insist that the full amount be paid immediately and not drawn out over many years. Anything less would be a transparent attempt by Johnny’s counsel, Laura Wasser and Patti Glaser, to reduce their client’s true payment by half under the guise of newfound concern for charities that he has never previously supported.”
Basically Depp decided to hand the cash over directly to Heard’s chosen charities of the American Civil Liberties Union and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles – or rather a first installment, sources say. That’s of course unlike the usual process in such settlements where one spouse writes the other a check and has them make the publicly stated donation in their own time. While it seems unlikely that the very well-paid Depp wouldn’t be able to easily write a check for the full $7 million and be done with the matter, his new approach may indicate something else going on such as other stipulations in the couple’s divorce or concerns, a source close to the matter suggests.
The duo married in February 2015 and Heard, who sought a restraining order against Depp in late May, filed for divorce this spring. The public scrutiny of the marriage dissolving came just as the Depp starring Alice Through the Looking Glass opened on Memorial Day weekend – to disappointing box office, it should be added.
Hearings and depositions were scheduled but it all seemed to end as well as it could at the last minute. Now, after what was termed an unsuccessful marriage “bound by love,” in an August 16 joint statement announcing the settlement and their divorce, things have once again gotten messy between Depp and Heard it seems – and there is undoubtedly more to come in this very public war of words and donations.
Johnny Depp Boards Yacht in Ibiza Following Divorce Settlement: Actor 'Seemed Pretty Relaxed' During Getaway, Source Says(Pic) Johnny Depp is taking some time to relax now that his divorce drama with ex Amber Heard has come to a close.
The actor, 53, was spotted climbing aboard a yacht in Ibiza, Spain, on Monday. Depp carried a drink in hand as he stepped off a small speedboat and onto the Prince Abdulaziz, a 430-foot luxury yacht that was reportedly once owned by Saudi Arabia's King Fahd before being passed down to his son.
The actor donned his signature black-and-white attire, wearing a pair of black striped pants, black vest and a short-sleeve white button-down shirt exposing his impressive tattoo collection. He kept his look low-key, wearing a pair of sunglasses and a black hat for the day.
Depp has spent the majority of his time at sea over the past few weeks, only taking brief pit stops to visit his home in Los Angeles.
Before arriving in Ibiza, Depp visited Puerto Portals, on the island of Mallorca in Spain, to dine at a local restaurant on Sunday.
"He just came for dinner with some friends. It looked like it was just him and his security," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "He was really cool – he posed for some pictures with fans and seemed pretty relaxed. It caught everyone by surprise as nobody was expecting it"
This is the first time the actor has stepped out since reaching a $7 million divorce settlement with Heard last week.
The former couple confirmed the settlement in a joint statement to PEOPLE, saying, "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain."
A judge also dismissed the domestic violence case against Depp and terminated Heard's temporary restraining order against him, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Doug Stanhope’s Johnny Depp-Produced Stand-up Special Gets Seeso Premiere DateSeeso has set a September 15 launch date for No Place Like Home, the latest concert special from veteran stand-up comic Doug Stanhope. The list of executive producers includes Johnny Depp, along with Christi Dembrowski, Brian Hennigan, Sam Sarkar and Brian Volk-Weiss. Brian Hennigan directed and produced the special.
Taped in November in Stanhope’s hometown of Brisbee, AZ, near Tucson, No Place Like Home is not exactly a love letter to political correctness. Among the lighthearted comedy topics: ISIS beheadings, global poverty, Vietnam vets and LGBT issues — not to mention caring for the mentally ill, being locked up abroad and why everyone should kick like they kick. Also in for some jabs are Gabrielle Giffords, the Duggar daughters, Caitlyn Jenner and the late Robin Williams.
Seeso, the ad-free streaming channel, describes his stand-up as being “fueled by equal amounts of anger, outrage and alcohol,” adding that he “rails against Western civilization’s slide into apathy and stupidity, always on the edge of implosion yet fully in control and never afraid to risk upsetting his audiences.”
Depp and Stanhope are longtime close friends and recently visited the Comedy Store together. Their relationship was put in the spotlight a few months ago when Stanhope became involved in Depp’s dispute with now-ex-wife Amber Heard by publicly siding with his pal and going after Heard, leading to a defamation lawsuit against him by the actress.
Amber Heard -- My $7 Million Settlement Is Fighting Violence Against WomenAmber Heard is giving ALL of her Johnny Depp divorce settlement money to 2 charities.
Amber confirmed what TMZ first reported ... the settlement amount is $7 million, and she tells us, "The donation will be divided equally between the ACLU, with a particular focus to stop violence against women, and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, where I have worked as a volunteer for the past 10 years."
Amber's also reiterating what she and Johnny said in their joint statement -- that the divorce wasn't about financial gain. She says, "Money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves."
Amber says she forfeited all residuals Johnny earned from movie deals he made during their 15-month marriage ... which she'd be entitled to because there was no prenup.
A rep for Children's Hospital thanked Heard and said, "her generosity will support the lifesaving treatments and cures that CHLA provides for critically ill children each year."
Amber added, "Hopefully this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most."
Johnny Depp 'Relieved' Divorce Is Settled, Gets to Keep Condo: 'Amber Has to Move Her Things Out,' Says SourceJohnny Depp is breathing a sigh of relief after settling his nasty divorce with Amber Heard.
"Johnny is very relieved that it's all over," a source close to the actor tells PEOPLE.
Not only can Depp now put the divorce behind him, he also gets to keep his downtown Los Angeles condo, where an alleged domestic violence incident occurred between the former couple on May 21, two days before Heard filed for divorce.
"Johnny's downtown condo was not part of the divorce settlement, and Amber has to move her things out," says the source.
A rep for Heard did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The actress has been busy filming her latest movie, Justice League, in London for the last several weeks.
Police were called to the apartment on May 21, after Heard claimed in legal documents that Depp "threw [a] cellphone at me striking my cheek with great force" during a heated argument. She also claimed, "Johnny continued screaming at me, pulling my hair, striking me and violently grabbing my face."
Heard alleged Depp left the apartment after she texted her longtime friend and neighbor Raquel Pennington, who arrived at the couple's home and entered with a key previously provided by the actress, according to court documents.
An LAPD spokesperson told PEOPLE at the time that officers responded to the scene but determined "there was no evidence of any crime."
Heard requested and was granted a temporary restraining order against Depp, and in court documents responding to Heard's initial filing, Depp's attorney, Laura Wasser, alleged that the actress was "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."
Police were called again to the apartment on June 13. Neither party was present at the time, but Heard's team reportedly alerted the cops after friends of Depp's allegedly began removing personal items from the home in what Heard's team believed was a violation of Depp's restraining order. No arrests were made, and the LAPD told PEOPLE "officers left the location after keeping the peace."
Depp and Heard reached a divorce settlement outside of court on Tuesday, just one day before their scheduled restraining order hearing.
The former couple confirmed the settlement in a carefully worded joint statement to PEOPLE, saying, "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain."
According to TMZ, Depp is set to pay the actress $7 million as part of the settlement.
On Tuesday, a judge dismissed the domestic violence case against Depp and terminated his temporary restraining order, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Amber Heard Drops Johnny Depp Restraining Order Request As Couple Settle DisputeThe domestic violence dispute and divorce proceedings between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard that exploded just before the release of Alice Through The Looking Glass this spring is over as of today. The timing of today’s filing and end of the case is telling, as attorneys for Depp and Heard were set to face off on Wednesday in a four-to-five day hearing on the matter in L.A. Superior Court.
Represented by lawyers Samantha Spector and the recently retained Pierce O’Donnell, the London Fields actress filed paperwork this morning in L.A. Superior Court withdrawing her request for a restraining order against her now soon to be ex-husband. The dismissal was with prejudice, which means she cannot re-file the matter. Though that seems moot as the two have also come to a multi-million dollar divorce settlement that ends their just over a year-and-a-half-long marriage.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” said the two in a joint statement Tuesday. “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”
Heard is to receive around $7.6 million in the divorce, sources say. The actress was granted a temporary restraining order on May 27 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl Moor requiring Depp to stay 100 yards away from her. There was great concern that the matter might affect the opening of the Disney distributed Alice sequel, which tanked at the box office.
“Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future,” today’s joint statement adds. “Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity. There will be no further public statements about this matter.”
The cards seemed to be in play this weekend when both actors were scheduled to give depositions – Depp never showed up for his, I’ve learned. Flying into town from UK where she is currently filming Justice League, Heard did give her depo this weekend.
The matter was essentially resolved on Monday as lawyers from both parties looked at the evidence, media attention and circumstance in front of them and sat down. They hashed out the withdrawal of the RO and the finances of the divorce in a matter of hours.
Spector of Spector Law and O’Donnell of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinge represented Heard while family law heavyweight Laura Wasser of L.A.’s Wasser, Cooperman & Mandles and criminal defense attorney Blair Berk of Tarlow & Berk handled the case for the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.
The fifth installment in the swashbuckling franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is set to come on May 26 next year.
Amber Heard, Johnny Depp -- Settlement Hits a WallTMZ has learned there's a stalemate in the legal war between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp ... and it all has to do with a joint statement about what happened -- or didn't happen -- on May 21.
Sources connected with Amber tell TMZ, the sticking point is that Amber wants a joint statement in which Johnny admits he committed domestic violence. Our Amber sources say Johnny's people came back loud and clear -- he will NEVER sign a document in which he admits to domestic violence because he never committed it.
We're also told Amber demanded a phenomenal amount of money for their 15 month marriage. We're told the parties have settled on around $8 million, including lawyers' fees, but she wanted a lot more. Mind you -- all she'd be entitled to is half the earnings that were left after taxes and living expenses, and we're told they spent a lot of money together.
And we've learned Amber has hired a new lawyer to helm her case -- famed attorney Pierce O'Donnell, who recently repped Shelly Sterling in the Donald Sterling saga.
Johnny Depp -- Cuts Off Fingertip in Fit of Rage ... Amber Claims(Photos: Finger, Mirror) Johnny Depp accidentally cut off his fingertip in a fit of rage ... then dipped the stump in dark blue paint and wrote on the wall in paint and blood the name "Billy Bob" -- the actor with whom Johnny accused Amber Heard of cheating -- this according to Amber and her people.
TMZ has obtained this gruesome photo of Johnny's butchered finger -- WARNING ... EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO LOOK AT. It's an exhibit in her domestic violence case against Johnny.
We're told the incident went down in March of last year, just a month after Amber and Johnny married. They were in a villa in Australia when a fierce argument erupted.
According to Amber's version of events Johnny, who was drunk and high on ecstasy, smashed several bottles and windows and also slammed a plastic phone against the wall unit. She claims a piece of one of the items cut off a portion of his forefinger.
Amber's version goes on ... she's a painter and had dark blue paint in the room. She claims Johnny dipped what remained of his forefinger in the paint and then used the gnarly digit to write various words on the wall, including "Billy Bob" and "Easy Amber."
Amber had done a movie with Billy Bob Thornton and she claims Johnny accused the 2 of sleeping together -- something she strongly denied, adding he accused her of infidelity with other men as well.
Amber's people say Johnny didn't get medical help for nearly 24 hours, so doctors could not reattach the fingertip ... they used a flap from his hand to sew on a new tip.
It's the latest twist in an acrimonious case. A video leaked Friday of Johnny in a rage, smashing a wine bottle and glass.
Johnny Depp -- Goes Off on Amber Heard ... Smashes Wine Glass, Bottle(Video) Johnny Depp went crazy on Amber Heard in their kitchen, throwing a wine bottle and glass ... and she videotaped it.
We're told the video was shot months before the May 21 incident in which Amber claims Johnny struck her.
Amber asks Johnny if he drank a bottle of wine and tries to calm him down. She says she was sorry for something although she was not specific.
Johnny isn't having it, and appears out of control. After throwing the glass and bottle, you see him swiping at Amber's phone ... trying to get it from her.
Sources connected with Johnny tell TMZ ... the video is "heavily edited" and there are portions where Amber is seen smiling and egging him on. The sources add the video was a complete set up by Amber.
It's also likely the tape would not be admissible in court, partly because it's edited but more importantly because it appears he does not know he's being videotaped and she'd have to get his permission.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Prepare for Trial: How Both Sides Are Handling Their Divorce DramaJohnny Depp and Amber Heard's divorce drama is headed to the courtroom.
Less than a week before a domestic violence restraining order hearing begins in Los Angeles, E! News has obtained court documents that show Amber's witness list.
According to documents, close friend Raquel Pennington and her boyfriend Joshua Drew "will testify to personal observations relating to incidents of domestic violence by [Johnny] including, but not limited to, the domestic violence incident which occurred on May 21, 2016."
Friend iO Tillet Wright is also slated to testify and share her "personal observations" relating to incidents of domestic violence. Back in June, she wrote an essay for Refinery29 explaining why she called police on Johnny.
In comparison to Amber's list that has seven people, we can confirm that Johnny's witness list will have 23 people.
According to documents obtained by E! News, two officers who responded to the May 21 incident will testify as well as two security guards who were in the unit on the day in question. Housekeeper Hilda Vargas will also testify about a "discovery" in the home. The documents do not describe the discovery.
Johnny and Amber are also expected to take the stand and testify.
In regards to the exhibit list, court documents show that Johnny's side will include Amber's domestic violence report from the State of Washington. E! News can also confirm that Amber's exhibit list features "photographs depicting injuries," text messages between the couple and audio tapes relating to communication between 2015 and 2016.
Evidence and witnesses aside, a source close to Amber tells E! News that Johnny doesn't want the divorce drama dragged out longer than it has to be. In addition, he wants things finalized as quickly as possible.
As for Amber, our source assured us that "Amber is ready to move forward and wants people to know the truth."
E! News has reached out to Johnny and Amber's team for additional comment.
For more information on domestic abuse or to get help for yourself/someone you love, visit the website for The National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233.
Amber Heard's Temporary Restraining Order Against Johnny Depp Extended by Judge, Domestic Violence Hearing Date Pushed BackA status hearing regarding the court case between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp was held today, and the conference resulted in the domestic violence hearing getting pushed back.
Heard, who is currently in London, was represented by lawyer Samantha Spector and co-counsel Joseph P. Koenig, while Depp was represented by celeb renowned lawyer Laura Wasser. E! News learned that one of the main topics discussed at the beginning of the hearing is the issue of getting their depositions done.
Wasser adamantly said Johnny wouldn't do his deposition until Amber does hers first, so the court ordered each depo to be scheduled for later this week. Wasser asked for extra time between the depositions and the start date for the hearing (which was slated for Monday), explaining to the judge, "This is really weighing heavily on my client."
Wasser went on to say that she "would like to do it in the most expeditious manner to get it done and behind us."
Therefore, the judge told both parties that the domestic violence hearing will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 17, as opposed to Monday, and extended Heard's temporary restraining order to that date. The judge also made it clear that neither Heard nor Depp may be present during the other party's deposition.
Over the weekend, Depp's camp reportedly claimed that the actress refused to be deposed by the actor's camp, however E! News heard differently.
"Although Amber was ready, willing and able to go forward with her deposition, it was not taken by Johnny's attorneys," our source said at the time. "She waited for 10 hours and at no time, did Amber ever refuse to start the deposition."
This was again reiterated by Heard's camp in court today. Koenig said the best way to describe it is that "the deposition did not start" and it wasn't that Amber refused.
We've also learned that should this case go to trial, both Heard and Depp have submitted their lists of witnesses who are willing to testify.
According to documents obtained by E! News, close friend Raquel Pennington and her boyfriend Joshua Drew "will testify to personal observations relating to incidents of domestic violence by [Johnny] including, but not limited to, the domestic violence incident which occurred on May 21, 2016."
Friend iO Tillet Wright is also slated to testify and share her "personal observations" relating to incidents of domestic violence. Back in June, she wrote an essay for Refinery29 explaining why she called police on Johnny.
All three individuals were named in Heard's initial court documents that were filed against Depp.
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that while Heard has a list of seven witnesses slated to speak under oath during the trial, Depp allegedly has 23 witnesses he plans to have speak on his behalf. No names on his end were disclosed.
Source: Johnny Depp Wants Divorce Finalized – but Is Concerned About Financial SettlementJohnny Depp wants his divorce drama with ex Amber Heard to come to an end.
"Johnny would like to see this divorce finalized as soon as possible," a Depp source tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "He's concerned with the financial settlement and how she will react going forward."
But while the actor, 52, may be eager to speed along the legal proceedings, they hit yet another roadblock over the weekend. Heard, 30, was scheduled to give her deposition in her ongoing restraining order case against the actor on Saturday – but was never questioned. (In court papers, Wasser has argued that Heard is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.)
Though the actress arrived at the office of Depp's attorney Laura Wasser in Los Angeles, she was never called in to testify about her domestic abuse claims.
"Amber was ready, willing and able to go forward with her deposition," says a Heard source. "She waited for 10 hours, and at no time did Amber refuse to start the deposition."
While the source wouldn't elaborate on what exactly happened, both sides were reportedly discussing a settlement. Depp is also scheduled to be deposed, and both he and Heard are expected to appear in court on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16.
The Heard source says the actress wants to move on too: "Amber and her attorneys are ready to proceed."
Johnny Depp Vacations in Ibiza (with a New Look) as Amber Heard's Deposition Stalls(Pic1, Pic2) Johnny Depp is taking a Spanish siesta ahead of his next court date in his ongoing divorce from Amber Heard.
The actor was spotted arriving in Ibiza, Spain, via private jet over the weekend, and sources say he is currently renting a villa on the island. On Saturday, he was photographed smiling while boarding a yacht. He wore aviators with a loose poncho and jeans, while sporting a new haircut and mustache.
Meanwhile, Heard returned to Los Angeles from London – where she's working on her new film, Justice League – for her scheduled deposition last Saturday.
But a source says Heard's deposition was never taken, though she was willing to give it.
"Although Amber was ready, willing and able to go forward with her deposition, it was not taken by Johnny's attorneys," the source says. "She waited for 10 hours and at no time did Amber ever refuse to start the deposition. There was nothing preventing Johnny's counsel from commencing the deposition during that time."
The source did not clarify what happened during that time, but lawyer Steve Mindel, who is not affiliated with the case, says that the parties may be working on a private settlement or planning other legal maneuvers before the deposition.
"I suspect that this was a great time for both sides to talk settlement, considering neither party ultimately wants to be deposed," Mindel says.
In the few weeks before Heard returned to London for work, she was spotted in Miami, where she spent time with Tesla founder and tech billionaire Elon Musk. They were later photographed partying at the same London club. A source previously told PEOPLE the two are not dating, and "are friends and have been for a few years."
Moving forward, both Heard and Depp are expected to appear in court for the domestic violence restraining order hearing, which is scheduled for Aug. 15 and Aug. 16.
Heard was granted a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband in May after claiming Depp abused her during their relationship. She filed the request shortly after filing for divorce from the actor.
In court documents responding to Heard's request for a restraining order, Depp legal team alleged that Heard "is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."
An insider told PEOPLE that Depp is ready to move past both his ongoing divorce from Heard and the case.
"It's a very sad situation for him," the source said. "He feels stressed about all the Amber drama ... He never anticipated getting a divorce. He just wants it all the be over and move on."
Johnny Depp 'Stressed' About Amber Heard Divorce: 'He Just Wants It All to Be Over' Says SourceJohnny Depp has been rocked hard by his divorce and ongoing legal battles with his estranged wife Amber Heard.
Though the actor, 53, has remained silent about his split from Heard, a source close to Depp tells PEOPLE he's felt the strain of the split.
"He feels stressed about all the Amber drama," says the insider. "He never anticipated getting a divorce. He just wants it all the be over and move on."
"It's a very sad situation for him," the source adds.
Heard was granted a temporary restraining order against Depp on May 27, just one week after she filed for divorce. In the court filing, the actress claimed the actor was abusive to her throughout the "entirety" of their relationship.
In a response to Heard's claim, Depp's divorce attorney, Laura Wasser, said in court documents that "Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."
Amidst the allegations, Depp remained on tour with his band The Hollywood Vampires performing at numerous venues around Europe and the U.S.
"The tour couldn't have happened at a better time," the insider says. "He had no choice but to stay focused on his performances."
During a break on the tour, Depp spent time relaxing on his private island in the Bahamas. But since the tour wrapped on July 25, the Alice Through the Looking Glass actor has been living in Los Angeles, a source tells PEOPLE. Depp has been spending time with daughter Lily-Rose, 17, and son Jack, 14. Most recently, they held a memorial for Depp's mother, Betty Sue Palmer, at Ago Restaurant in West Hollywood.
"Spending time with his kids is his focus," says the source.
Heard was spotted in Miami last weekend spending time with tech guru Elon Musk. Despite rumors of a possible relationship, a source maintains they're not dating.
After months of rescheduling and postponements, Depp's legal team is set to depose Heard on Saturday in her ongoing restraining order case.
The temporary restraining order against Depp was reissued in June, and a court hearing for a permanent order has been scheduled for Aug. 15 and 16.
Amber Heard -- I'll Be Back for My Depo ... and Johnny Can WatchAmber Heard has been cavorting in London this week, but we're told she will absolutely be back for her deposition on Saturday ... and Johnny Depp could be watching the whole thing.
Our sources say Amber is locked and loaded for the depo, which is set for 10 AM Saturday morning. Johnny's lawyers, we're told, plan to grill her on her claim Johnny physically attacked her. We're told the depo could last 7 hours, and the range of inquiry includes statements from cops and witnesses who say she showed no signs of injury and nothing was broken in the downtown L.A. loft.
Johnny could be at the depo -- he has a right to show -- but both sides have to sign off on him being present because a restraining order is currently in place.
We're also told Johnny must sit for his deposition next week.
If the case is going to settle, this is the time. We're told settlement discussions are ongoing.
Johnny Depp's Legal Team Sets Date to Depose Amber Heard in CourtJohnny Depp's legal team finally has a set date to depose Amber Heard in court.
According to legal docs, Depp's lawyers were in court Tuesday for an emergency hearing, during which they persuaded a judge to set a date for Heard's deposition.
The judge ruled that the actress must answer questions from Depp's legal team on Aug. 6, according to the paperwork.
Depp's team had asked to depose Heard in early June, but according to sources and court documents previously obtained by PEOPLE, the court denied the request because Depp's lawyers failed to give Heard the required 10-day notice. In addition, Heard's team claimed she was unavailable to be deposed at the time due to scheduling conflicts with her friend's engagement in New Jersey, and her new movie, Justice League, which is filming in England. However, Heard stated in court docs, "I remain willing to attend my deposition on a mutually convenient date in the future and cooperate with any required requests in that regard."
On Tuesday, Heard's legal team filed documents claiming Depp and his team are attempting to "thwart" their divorce proceedings, and that he is "smearing [Heard] at every turn."
The documents address the filing Depp's team submitted last week, which request that any forthcoming information discovered during the proceedings, including financial information and witness statements, remain confidential.
Heard filed for divorce from Depp in May, and later accused the actor of domestic abuse. Depp's lawyer has said Heard is "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."
Johnny Depp -- Amber Heard's Gonna Ruin My CreditJohnny Depp believes he can't get a fair shake in his courtroom showdown with Amber Heard until his lawyers grill her in a deposition -- and if that doesn't happen it could cost him dearly.
Depp's team was in court Tuesday for an emergency hearing to settle critical issues in the case. His side says Johnny has every right to confront Amber over her "meritless" accusations of domestic violence.
In docs, Depp says if he can't depose her he'll be behind the 8 ball in his effort to defend himself, and could lose the case. And there's this -- he's worried a loss could affect him emotionally and financially. He points out a permanent restraining order would appear on future credit checks.
Yes, even with an estimated net worth of $400 mil ... he's worried about credit.
As we reported ... Amber's depo has been delayed because they couldn't settle on a date, but the judge settled the matter. It's now scheduled for August 6 -- a Saturday.
Amber Heard to Johnny Depp -- Stop Stonewalling the DivorceJohnny Depp's making it damn near impossible to get the divorce settlement rolling because he's put up a bunch of roadblocks in the case ... according to Amber Heard.
Amber just filed legal docs, obtained by TMZ, accusing Johnny of refusing to hand over financial docs needed to settle the divorce case. As we've reported ... Depp's team wants her to sign a non-disclosure agreement before giving up the goods.
But in the docs, Amber says the non-disclosure agreement is ridiculous because it calls for a $100k fine each time his financial info is leaked -- not just by Amber, but even by her forensic accountant. Amber says it's an outrageous demand ... and just a ploy to thwart real progress in this case.
Of course, Johnny's team would say ... the fine won't matter if the agreement isn't violated.
The other issue -- setting a date for Amber's deposition. His side has proposed August 3 and 8, but Amber says she's scheduled to be in London working on "Justice League." She's offered to fly back on a Saturday, but she says Johnny's team isn't willing to work weekends.
Both sides are due in court Tuesday to hammer out the issues.
Johnny Depp -- I Won't Give Amber My Financials Till She Shuts Her TrapAmber Heard leaks like a sieve, at least when it comes to yapping to the media, so claims Johnny Depp, who does not want to give her any of his financial info unless she swears to keep it private.
Johnny just filed legal docs, obtained by TMZ, in which he concedes Amber is entitled to know something about his financial situation in order to get her cut in their divorce, but he says she has refused to sign a confidentiality agreement.
In the docs Johnny's lawyer, disso queen Laura Wasser, claims Amber and her team have been blabbing to the media, suggesting that a TMZ story about details in their settlement negotiations came from Amber's camp.
Johnny also has a problem with the scope of Amber's demands for financial docs. She's asking for records from Johnny's Hollywood Vampire bandmates -- Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum -- which he says is absurd.
Johnny Depp selling Venetian mansion amid divorce drama(Pic) Johnny Depp is selling off one of his sweethearts — a stunning Venetian palace.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor has put the four-story mansion that overlooks Venice’s Grand Canal on the market for $10.9 million, according to the Italian newspaper Affari Italiani.
The historic Palazzo Donà Sanguiantoffetti, the former stomping grounds of a noble Venetian family known for their ships that were used to battle the Turks, has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and even a private area to dock boats.
The 53-year-old Hollywood star, who is currently going through a bitter divorce battle with actress Amber Heard, bought the charming property back in 2011 when he was in the area filming “The Tourist” with Angelina Jolie.
He plunked down nearly $10 million — beating out an Arabian prince who had his sights set on the palace.
Italian media reported that his decision to sell his Italian home is connected to his ongoing divorce with Heard, who accused him of physically assaulting her numerous times throughout their 15-month marriage.
She obtained a restraining order in May and was scheduled to testify against him last month, but it was postponed while the former lovers’ legal teams try to work out a settlement.
If no resolution is reached, they will be due back in court Aug. 2.
Johnny Depp Meets with Paralyzed Fan Ahead of Concert: 'It Meant the World to Me'(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) When Amanda Currie bought advance tickets last year to see her hero, Johnny Depp, in concert, she had no idea that she would be paralyzed from the neck down by the time of the show.
The 23-year-old Chicopee, Massachusetts, native was diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, in 2015 while completing her bachelor's degree in mathematics. Currie underwent brain surgery the day after her diagnosis, and was able to finish her degree and begin working toward her master's while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
Currie fell in love with Depp at the age of 10, and continued to admire the actor's work as she grew up. She's seen all of his movies repeatedly, collects all sorts of Depp memorabilia and sometimes refers to him as "love of her life."
So when her Uncle Chris told her that Depp's band, the Hollywood Vampires, were doing a show at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, Currie splurged and bought herself a single meet-and-greet ticket in April for the July 2 concert.
"Amanda was beyond excited knowing that her lifelong dream of meeting Johnny Depp would come true," her mom Kim tells PEOPLE. "But by May, Amanda's physical state declined and she had lost use of her legs."
Her condition continued to worsen as the concert approached, and soon Currie was completely paralyzed from the neck down. "At that point we didn't know what to do or if she would be strong enough to go," Kim explains. "She knew it was nearly impossible, but continued to talk about it and count off the days. At one point she actually said she thought she could live long enough to go."
Currie's friend Tianna was determined to make that wish come true. With her help, a local ambulance company agreed to donate an ambulance and two EMTs to take her to the show. Meanwhile, Uncle Chris was working behind-the-scenes with the Hollywood Vampires to arrange for the band to meet with her.
When Uncle Chris and Tianna finally broke the news, Currie was beside herself with excitement and remembers shouting, "What am I going to wear?"
Before the show, Depp and his bandmates, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, met with Currie inside her ambulance. Asked to describe what it was like meeting her idol after overcoming so many obstacles, Currie says, "It was wonderful, amazing and awesome. It was everything I ever wished for and more – the best thing that ever happened to me."
As for getting to know Depp, Currie says, "He was understanding and sweet and so hot! He is talkative, charming and funny and very down-to-earth. It was very exciting to meet him, a huge rush."
She adds, "The whole experience was magical. I still can't believe it's real, even though I have pictures to prove it. I will remember most how caring and sincere he was. He makes you feel special – you can't top that! He encouraged me to fight this cancer."
Currie was able to watch the show from backstage and says the performance was "10 out of 10 amazing. The music was really good and Johnny's performance was wonderful." During the show, the Hollywood Vampires dedicated the performance to "their friend Amanda."
"That was the best day of my life," Currie says. "It meant the world to me."
Depp made good on his promise to hang out with her after the show as well. "What he said was my secret, and I can't tell you," Currie jokes.
She also made sure to mention that while she came to see Depp, "Alice Cooper's and Joe Perry's generosity, kindness and compassion did not go unnoticed!"
Currie will carry on her difficult battle with her illness, but she considers herself fortunate to have had such a rare experience. "I am very lucky to have had the chance to meet Johnny Depp," she says. "Many people have wishes and dreams, not everyone gets the chance to realize theirs in their lifetime."
The Hollywood Vampires will temporarily go on without Joe PerryThe Hollywood Vampires will resume their tour Tuesday night without ailing Joe Perry, who is planning to return to the stage at a later date.
A representative for the band said that Perry “will rejoin his fellow Vampires onstage again soon.” Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper also are members of the band, which is scheduled to play at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio, on Tuesday.
The representative said that the 65-year-old Aerosmith guitarist was “doing well” after he walked off a New York City stage Sunday during a performance and was taken to a hospital.
An administrator at Coney Island Hospital confirmed Perry had undergone tests after becoming ill while performing with the Hollywood Vampires at the Ford Amphitheater in Brooklyn’s Coney Island.
Hollywood Vampires Cancel Their Appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Following Joe Perry's CollapseThe Hollywood Vampires have canceled their appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in the wake of guitarist Joe Perry's collapse during a concert in Brooklyn on Sunday night.
Perry appeared disoriented as he walked onto the stage at Ford Amphitheater on the Coney Island Boardwalk on Sunday evening. He then propped himself up on the drum riser before stumbling backstage and collapsing.
Perry's Twitter account shared an update hours after the health scare reassuring fans that he was recovering. He remains in stable condition, but CBS confirms that the band will not perform on Monday's broadcast of The Late Show.
The rock supergroup, which also consists of Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper, are in the midst of their first U.S. tour and were poised to make their late night debut Monday evening on The Late Show. Their musical guest spot will be filled by Blink-182, who are currently supporting California – their first new album in five years.
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker recently spoke to PEOPLE about his new lease on life after surviving drug addiction and a deadly plane crash. "I'm feeling younger and better now than I did when I was 20," says the 40-year-old father of two. "I was probably one of the most unhealthy human beings, from what I ate to what I put in my body."
Barker adds. "There have been so many hardships in my life. Now I know how to handle them ... I just feel so blessed."
Johnny Depp Has "SLIM" Tattoo Changed to "SCUM" Amid Amber Heard DivorceJohnny Depp appears to have pulled a "Wino Forever"...twice.
The 53-year-old actor recently debuted a new knuckle tattoo that reads "SCUM" in place of previous ink that read "SLIM." Many fans believe the latter was a reference for Amber Heard, who filed for divorce from Depp in May.
He has also had a bicep tattoo of a pin-up model resembling Heard, which he sported as recently as last month, blackened out. The actor, who has many tattoos, has not commented.
Heard, 30, is his second wife. He has dated several actresses over the years, including French performer Vanessa Paradis , with whom he has two children. More than 25 years ago, he was engaged for a while to his Edward Scissorhands co-star Winona Ryder.
During their time together, he had the words "Winona Forever" tattooed on his bicep. After they broke up in 1992, he had the ink changed to read "Wino Forever."
After Heard filed for divorce, she also obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp, alleging he committed domestic violence. Depp's lawyer said the actress "is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse." Both cases are pending.
Ryder recently spoke about Depp's treatment of her while they were in a relationship.
"He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me," she told TIME. "I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves. It's hard because I feel like. That's my experience. And it's been a very long time."
Meanwhile, Depp is concentrating on his side music career. He recently returned to the stage with his, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry's supergroup, the Hollywood Vampires. The band performed in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Friday night to begin a U.S. tour after a short hiatus, which had followed shows in Europe.
Depp had also visited a famous Los Angeles comedy club last weekend, where he surprised the audience with an onstage appearance.
Johnny Depp Steps Out with His Kids in L.A.: He 'Really Missed' Them, Says SourceJohnny Depp is spending time with his children in Los Angeles after recently returning stateside.
The actor, who is in the midst of a contentious divorce from estranged wife Amber Heard, was spotted getting dinner at Ago Restaurant in West Hollywood with daughter Lily-Rose, 17, and son Jack, 14.
Last week, a source told PEOPLE that Lily-Rose recently visited her father on his private island in the Bahamas, where Johnny retreated after completing the first leg of his European tour with the Hollywood Vampires.
"Having his kids around is always great for him. He has really missed his kids," the source said.
Depp has kept a low profile since Heard leveled shocking domestic abuse allegations against him. The star gave his first public interview since the split last weekend on the Jones's Jukebox radio talk show, but spoke only about touring with his band.
The group is set to kick off their U.S. tour Friday in Pennsylvania, and Depp is expected to take the stage with his bandmates as scheduled.
On Aug. 15 and 16, a Los Angeles court is due to address Heard's request for a permanent restraining order against Depp. A temporary restraining order was reissued to Heard in the interim.
In a response to Heard's allegations, Depp's lawyers claimed in court documents that the actress was "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."
Meanwhile, Heard has been seen out several times in Los Angeles amid the divorce proceedings.
Johnny Depp picks up $11.5M in Basquiat art saleJohnny Depp sold off two Jean-Michel Basquiat artworks at a Christie’s auction on Wednesday for $4,745,258 and $6,838,538.
The actor — who’s in a bruising divorce war with Amber Heard — was selling a total of eight Basquiats via Christie’s at auctions Wednesday and Thursday in London.
The works that sold on Wednesday included the 1981 pieces “Pork” and “Self-Portrait,” which more than doubled its high estimate at nearly $4.8 million.
The Basquiat works were being offered as part of a Christie’s 250th anniversary sale.
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Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder: A Look Back at Their Glamorous, Tempestuous RomanceJohnny Depp has had a number of high-profile relationships over the years, but one of his most famous exes is coming to his defense following abuse allegations by Amber Heard.
Winona Ryder, who dated the 52-year-old actor for four years in the 1990s, recently told Time that Depp was "never abusive at all" during their relationship.
"I can only speak from my own experience, which was wildly different than what is being said," Ryder, 44, tells the magazine. "He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me. I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves."
Although she speaks highly of him now, Ryder and Depp had a complicated, highly publicized relationship.
Depp and Ryder famously began dating after meeting at the New York premiere of Great Balls of Fire! in 1989 when he was 27 and she was 18. They went on their first date two months later.
"There's been nothing in my 27 years that's comparable to the feeling I have with Winona," Depp once told PEOPLE after meeting Ryder.
The couple got engaged five months after their first date, and Depp even got a tattoo on his right arm that read "Winona Forever." They also costarred in the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands.
In June 1993, the couple announced their engagement was off. Soon after, Depp had his tattoo altered to read "Wino Forever."
In a 2009 interview with Elle, Ryder called Depp her "first real breakup, the first heartbreak."
"And I think it was really ironic because, like, everybody else just thought I had everything in the world, you know, I had no reason to be depressed, everything was sort of at its peak, but inside I was completely lost," she said of the split at the height of her career.
A few months later, Depp moved on to a volatile relationship with model Kate Moss.
The actor recently decamped to his private Bahamas island after wrapping up the European leg of his tour with his band The Hollywood Vampires. He has since returned to Los Angeles, where he was spotted at comedy club The Comedy Store on Saturday.
On June 16, a temporary restraining order against the actor was reissued amid his acrimonious divorce from Heard. Their next court hearing on the matter has been pushed back to August.
Johnny Depp -- Back in L.A. ... Working the Comedy Circuit(Pic1, Pic2) Johnny Depp returned to L.A. for the first time since his domestic violence allegations surfaced, and his first stop in public, was a stage at the famous Comedy Store.
Depp was at the legendary Sunset Strip location Saturday night with a few friends, including comedian Doug Stanhope ... who's been viciously defending Johnny against Amber Heard.
Witnesses tell us Johnny surprised the crowd by getting onstage and mumbled something most people couldn't understand ... it's kinda his thing nowadays.
But we're told the crowd went nuts cause no one expected to see him, and it was a great intro for Mat Edgar who was about to perform.